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What is the plural of “woonerf?”

September 13, 2011

Woonerf coming soon to SU

Q: What is the plural of “woonerf?”  

A: Whoa, whoa, whoa...before we get to the plural of “woonerf,” maybe we should start with what exactly a “woonerf” is and what it has to do with Seattle University. “Woonerf” is a Dutch term for a place where pedestrians and cyclists rule over automobiles, although all are part of the action. A good example, says Patrick Donohue, senior project coordinator in planning and development for Seattle Parks and Recreation, is the street activity at Pike Place and Post Alley, where there’s a mix of foot and car traffic surrounding the Pike Place Market.   

So, why is this relevant to SU? Well, a “woonerf” will soon be created near the new Douglas Building. You can read all about it and other new articles in the latest issue of Community Connections. (Oh, and in case you were still interested, the plural of “woonerf” is, get this, “woonerven.”)