Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
In a metro area that sometimes sees one pedestrian die each week, there’s nothing sweeter or more perverse than the Chinatown Barnes dance. That’s when the walk lights at the busy intersection of 7th and H streets NW sync up to allow for diagonal crossing. It creates a The Purge
–style situation where normal traffic rules are suspended and pedestrians rule the streets. Recently installed signs go further, encouraging pedestrians to use the diagonal. Maybe best of all, the traffic maneuver’s name—from traffic engineer Henry Barnes—is perfect for humming while you boogie across the street.