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  • noun Netherlands A street in which pedestrians and cyclists have priority over motorists.


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From Dutch woonerf ("living street").


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  • "We need to consider applying the lessons of a Dutch experiment, the woonerf (in Dutch, woon means 'residential' and erf means 'yard'), in which cars, people, and landscapes share space that used to be strictly a street, to our own cul-de-sacs. Why shouldn't low-traffic cul-de-sacs have pervious, grassy surfaces (still solid enough to support fire trucks), with benches and flowerbeds? This would promote the objective of a higher ratio of parks to pavement."

    - D. Chiras & D. Wan, 'Superbia!'.

    November 4, 2008

  • Because nobody wants a bunch of pervs hanging around their cul-de-sacs.

    "Woonerf", like most Dutch words, is simply risible.

    November 4, 2008