Rethinking alleys matters because livable gathering places in the heart of city blocks sparks neighbor-to-neighbor engagement, and cities grow healthier with more person-to-person interaction in public spaces full of life.
Think of an alley as a block’s main square and imagine a neighborhood park, plaza, or micro-business hub instead of an asphalt service road.
Every facet of planning that makes a city is often manifested in urban alleyways. An alley can be the embodiment of a city’s comprehensive plan in a nutshell.
Community and green space, housing, business, transportation. The old and the new.
Alleys are frequently overlooked spaces. Is that space to be dead-space, or livable space? Does it encourage wildlife habitat, park-like amenities, public art, urban gardening, places to play, and the preservation of trees?