Welcome to the sneckdown, in which snow informs us about better public spaces.


Unless, of course, you’re a city planner busily pushing back, against two-way street advocates. Then it’s probably not something to photograph.

Thanks to K for the link. Photo credit: The piece itself.

PHOTOS: What Snow Tells Us About Creating Better Public Spaces on E. Passyunk Avenue, by Jon Geeting (this old city)

After record amounts of snow this year in Philadelphia, you could be excused for not wanting to see any more of it. But today’s snow actually brought us some pretty cool ideas for public spaces and traffic safety improvements along E. Passyunk Avenue in South Philly.

If you haven’t heard of a “sneckdown” yet, it’s a clever combination of “snow” and “neckdown” – another name for a curb expansion – that uses snow formations on the street to reveal the space cars don’t use. Advocates can then use these sneckdown photos to make the case to local transportation officials that traffic calming interventions like curb bumpouts and traffic islands can be installed without any loss to car drivers.