About Straßgefühl

Straßgefühl is a German neologism (which is English for “a word I made up”) that would translate, roughly, as “street-feeling” or “street-sense”. Much as one develops a sense for language, we develop a sense for urbanism and design in our daily lives that often expresses itself through insight. This blog discusses the spoken and unspoken languages of urbanism, good and bad, in the United States and around the world.

About the Author
J.D. Hammond is an urbanist in the Washington, D.C. area. An alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., he currently works for the City of Alexandria transit office. He is also openly gay and lives with his partner, librarian Eric Riley, in the D.C. neighborhood of Pleasant Plains between Howard University and Columbia Heights.


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