Hoedown at Barnes Dance tonight?
The resurrection of the "Barnes Dance" method of pedestrian crossing at 7th and H streets NW after a decades-long hiatus was a throwback, but now a group of people is mobilizing on Facebook to wind back the wacky time machine even further: They're planning to turn the Barnes Dance into a barn dance tonight at 7p.m.--replete with cowboy boots, "overalls, plaid and straw hats."
The group plans to turn the major intersection, which at that time on a pleasant Friday night is a sweltering amalgamation of businessmen rushing out of work, imbibing 20-something revelers, pumped-up, team-colors-wearing sports fans, and freestyling, trash-can-beating hip-hop enthusiasts--but up until now, nary a pitchfork or fiddle--into a "do-se-do" rodeo.
"Meet at 7pm at the corner of 6th and H to get our moves together, then we'll start dancing," says the Facebook group.
The Barnes Dance, as The Post's Dr. Gridlock has written, is a free-form pedestrian crossing engineered in the middle of the last century in which all auto traffic comes to a halt, with no turns allowed, while pedestrians dart across the intersection in whatever direction pleases them, including diagonally--not unlike some urban version of a square-dance hoedown.
May 14, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
Categories: Events | Tags: Barnes Dance, Pedestrian crossing, fun
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