‘Sneckdown’ is a mash-up of “snowy” and “neckdown”. ‘Neckdown’ is urban planning jargon for a curb extension, where the road is narrowed , usually at an intersection or a pedestrian crossing. The snow part of sneckdown comes from the way snow on the ground shows where the road is—and isn’t—used. Whenever you see a snowbank on the road, imagine a curb extension in its place. These snowy curb extensions are extra space, which could be re-purposed for all sorts of things: sidewalks, plazas, greenery, bike infrastructure, you name it!
Here’s a quick video from the fine folks at Streetfilms that explains the phenomenon with visuals:
How to Shoot a Sneckdown
Today is a great day to shoot a sneckdown! Here’s a few tips to get the best shot.
- Make sure the snow has been on the ground for a while. The longer a sneckdown sticks around for, the more meningful it is.
- Get the widest angle you can. Back up until you can see both sides of the street. If your camera/phone has a panorama mode, use it. It’s ok if the photo is too big—you can always crop it later.
This is good:
This is better:
- Take a couple of photos from different angles. This makes it easier to visualize the shape and position of the sneckdown.