June 8, 2019, 5am PDT
"Leftover lots" are the object of one Philadelphia-based architecture firm's fascination.
November 14, 2016, 1pm PST
A pilot program in Phoenix looks to add art, lighting, seating and other amenities to beautify and make use of the city's alleyways.
July 17, 2016, 11am PDT
Often overlooked, alleys can be transformed into valuable community spaces
November 17, 2015, 6am PST
In advance of what may be a wider program, Philadelphia's alleys have been ranked for their aesthetic quality. Those in the "average" range are most suitable for retrofits.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 17, 2015, 12pm PDT
Since 2010, planners, designers, and community members have been actively transforming Seattle's alleys into beloved places within the city's urban fabric.
December 30, 2014, 10am PST
Urbanful examines four cities making the most of scare public spaces by reactivating their alleys with programming and pedestrian-friendly designs.
April 22, 2014, 9am PDT
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.
March 4, 2014, 11am PST
Chuck Wolfe's recent reconnaissance of Edinburgh provides a foil for his rallying cry: Going forward, let’s not discount the influence of history’s recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.
February 11, 2014, 10am PST
Cities around the country are implementing alley improvement programs as a tool for neighborhood revitalization, with benefits to the economy and the environment. A recent article celebrates the strides cities have made in reclaiming alley spaces.
July 22, 2013, 10am PDT
Launched a decade ago, Vancouver's 'country lane' demonstration project proved how the city's back alleys could provide attractive and accessible open spaces. As the city seeks ways to provide more green space, it's time to revisit the experiment.
May 19, 2013, 11am PDT
In popular culture alleyways are often depicted as the setting for illicit acts. But seen in a different light, alleys are key contributors to urban life. SPUR kicks off a week of alley exploration with an essay on their benefits.
September 12, 2011, 11am PDT
Chuck Wolfe says that urbanism that can readily occur in urban neighborhoods "without really trying" as people naturally come together in impromptu ways.
August 27, 2011, 7am PDT
Alyse Nelson takes a look at a handful of alleys that were transformed from crusty dumping grounds into beautiful urban spaces.
August 18, 2011, 5am PDT
An unconventional outdoor spaces has helped transform a small part of a problem-riddled San Francisco neighborhood.
November 8, 2010, 12pm PST
Getting the City of Boston to pick up the tab for maintenance and repair of certain alleyways has proved frustrating for residents of the city's South End, due to high costs and restrictions associated with transferring ownership rights to the city.
October 26, 2010, 10am PDT
Street furniture and plantings transform a small strip of roadway within a bustling San Francisco neighborhood, much to the delight of the planners and designers who fought for the change for over five years.
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 1, 2010, 8am PDT
This piece from <em>The Examiner</em> looks at the alleyways of San Francisco and how they have become activated in recent years.
March 18, 2010, 8am PDT
Through a new competition, the city of Seattle is looking to revive and reuse the alleys of the urban core.
February 28, 2010, 7am PST
The City of Seattle is looking to revive some of its often forgotten and neglected urban spaces: alleys.
October 8, 2009, 10am PDT
Office workers in Seattle's Pioneer Square area are claiming their network of alleyways as social spaces.