about alleyactivation.org

This archive was hatched from documents and resources made and found in work related to the Portland Oregon Beech-Failing Alley Project (BFAP, originally called the Albina Homestead Alley Project).

In March 2016, neighbors adjacent to the Portland Beech-Failing alley started BFAP, aiming to transform the alleyway from a place of flooding and neglect to a thriving public space like other green and activated alleys throughout the country.  BFAP’s mission is to demonstrate community-led development of this model on-site, while advocating for initiation of supportive Portland programming.  BFAP works toward accomplishing these aims before rapidly encroaching development and current local policy lead to car-centric revision of the Beech-Failing alley and other pedestrian-shared rights of way.

Anchored in the Boise neighborhood, BFAP is at the nucleus of an area impacted by a past lack of municipal support for community-based development, where the need for inspiring engagement among neighbors new and old is particularly acute.

Our long-term project vision is to further connect dots and promote resources for both citizens and municipalities building the this movement nationwide.


BFAP Updates

Letters of support for BFAP and community input to Portland government regarding improving alley policy, potentially useful reference for persons working on their own alley projects or advocacy, are here:

Letters for Livable Alley Policy

Public rights-of-way are ultimately more livable when their potential for community and environmental benefit – beyond the foundational infrastructure they provide – is actualized in the hands of citizens by the laws that govern and facilitate their enduring improvement.


Hearty gratitude to supporters and community partners who have helped make this site and other BFAP efforts possible. Check some of them out!

Boise Neighborhood Association

Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods

The Rebuilding Center

Institute for Sustainable Solutions

ELM Research and Strategy

Koch Landscape Architecture

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Owen Gabbert LLC

Holland & Knight Law

Mutual Materials

Sustainable Northwest Wood

Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute

Peloton Apartments


Artist, Activist, Educator Jodi Darby

Artist Amanda Ichihashi Jagerman

Artist, Ecologist, Educator Scott Sutton


Scout Books

The Whole Bowl

Oregon Decorative Rock

Flyboy Naturals Eco-friendly Petals


Ben Cox Law

Barg Law PC

WB Wells and Associates

Jim Golden Studio

Earthquake Tech

County Materials

Oregon Tradeswomen

The Artistic Darlings of Brentwood-Darlington

Create Plenty

The City Repair Project

Kairos Acadamy

The Trust for Public Land

1000 Friends of Oregon

America Walks

In Our Backyards

The Intertwine Alliance

G3 Digest: Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns