Alleys

From D.C. to Seattle, alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art, and small business.
Apr 22, 2014   Elevation DC
Through a new competition, the city of Seattle is looking to revive and reuse the alleys of the urban core.
Mar 18, 2010   Crosscut
The City of Seattle is looking to revive some of its often forgotten and neglected urban spaces: alleys.
Feb 28, 2010   The Seattle Times
Office workers in Seattle's Pioneer Square area are claiming their network of alleyways as social spaces.
Oct 8, 2009   Northwest Hub
This article from <em>USA Today</em> looks at the growth of green alleys in the U.S.
Apr 13, 2009   USA Today
Green alley projects are popping up in cities all over the U.S. and Canada in an effort to make the concrete jungle a little better at absorbing rainwater. A new alley program in Los Angeles goes beyond the runoff to actively integrate these unique spaces into the urban fold. Exclusive
Jan 22, 2009  By Nate Berg
Los Angeles has 12,309 blocks of alleys, which make the streets pedestrian-friendly but creates a no-man's-land in the back that breeds trash-dumping and crime. Planners see opportunity in those alleys for a green future.
Sep 12, 2008   Los Angeles Times
<p>As part of a plan to utilize the city's rainwater and recycle it back to lake Michigan, Chicago has been renovating its 13,00 alleys to become permeable surfaces, where rainwater can soak back into the ground. 40 alleys have been redone so far.</p>
Jun 30, 2008   CNN
<p>Alleys are a major part of the character of San Francisco, and many parts of the city are trying to embrace these unique aspects of the urban makeup.</p>
Mar 31, 2008   The New York Times