November 24th, 2021

words

Wednesday Word: Woonerf

Woonerf - noun

Your city may have a woonerf--except you may know it as a "home zone" or a "complete street" concept. Meaning "living yard" or "residential grounds" in Dutch, woonerfs are a way of playing with or altering urban spaces. They may focus on pedestrians, be car-free, use traffic calming methods or a combination of all three. Woonerfs can encourage community-building or take back public streets from cars. Some woonerfs may be regulated or others, like one in my hometown, a more casual affair to curb car traffic between a community hall and baseball diamond.