Change Coming to Famous Philly “Sneckdown” Street, But Is It Enough?
Do you remember this image? Jon Geeting at This Old City used this touched-up photo, taken after a huge snowfall in Philadelphia, to illustrate how lots of asphalt at this intersection could be repurposed to make it more pedestrian-friendly. His post was a viral event in the great “sneckdown” mania this winter, which called attention to how leftover snow patterns can help envision safer street designs.
Well, the city of Philadelphia is working now to build a more pedestrian-friendly intersection here, at the corner of East Passyunk Avenue, 10th and Reed Street. Philly Curbed reports:
The Passyunk Post reported back in June that the work could cost upwards of “$400,000” and includes traffic calming techniques like expanding the curbs to shorten the distance pedestrians have to walk, improved signaling and the installation of ADA compliant ramps.
It’s a step forward, but Geeting thinks this intervention should have taken more cues from the sneckdown. While curbs will be expanded to calm traffic, there will be no pedestrian island. Here’s a visualization he posted in June showing all the space that could be reallocated to pedestrians:
Geeting snapped photos of more than 20 sneckdowns on East Passyunk alone, so Philadelphia still has a lot of work to do to make these streets better.