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Put A Park On It: The Small Wasted Spaces Revealed By Snow
February 7, 2014
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It's the middle of February and if you're in Canada — anywhere in Canada — chances are you're sick and tired of all this snow. But there's a silver lining to all this wet, white weather. According to Jon Geeting of the urban planning blog This Old City, snow is great for showing us how and where we travel, especially by car. And it turns out there's a lot of wasted space in our cities. 

Consider the "sneckdown," a term coined to describe the snow buildups that naturally push curbs and sidewalks further into the street, demarcating spaces cars can't use. These include dead ends, corners where streets converge, or large intersections with lots of empty space in the middle. Basically, all the places that ended up being paved over but could have, say, been turned into a mini-park.

Geeting's hometown of Philadelphia received large amounts of snow this year, so he went out to take pictures of these sneckdowns and digitally highlighted their boundaries. The images show how many parts of the road could easily be converted into pedestrian plazas, planters and parkettes — without, as Geeting points out , "any loss to car drivers."

Check out Geeting's photos in the gallery above. Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired to start looking for sneckdowns in your city.

Via This Old City

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