The snow is almost like nature's tracing paper
February 4, 2014 7:04 PM Subscribe
posted by Knappster (22 comments total)
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Desire paths [previously
] show us where we want to walk. Snowy neckdowns
, or "sneckdowns," show us where we don't need to drive.
Back in 2007 Streetfilms posted "Street Lessons from a Blizzard
," and in 2011 "Snowy Neckdowns Redux
," demonstrating that snowplows and the drivers that follow carve out paths that extend curbs at intersections, unintentionally making the streets safer for pedestrians through traffic calming
A recent request for sneckdown spottings
popularized a Twitter hashtag
and brought reports from New York City
, Washington, D.C.
and elsewhere. The concept has been expanded from curb extensions to include any undisturbed snowy areas that could be given over to pedestrians or, in better weather, green space.