Transforming Pioneer Square’s alleys into one of its unrivaled assets.
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Dogs Light Up Nord Alley

Dogs Light Up Nord Alley

December 12, 2012 On First Thursday December 6th, dozens of costumed canines flocked to Nord Alley in Pioneer Square. The evening saw these furry, four-legged friends gathering for the first annual Dogs on Parade holiday costume contest. As the dogs and their humans registered and showed off the costumes to judges, Sean Bendickson played holiday music...
Highlights from Le Tour d'Alley

Highlights from Le Tour d’Alley

During a 3 week span, over 1,000 lunchtime guests came to view the Tour de France in Nord Alley. As the cyclists killed their legs climbing the Alps, the race came to life from the back of our U-haul on a 100″ screen. We had all types of viewers: avid Tour de France followers, Seattle tourists, cyclists, local...
Great Event! Moss, Words, Plants, Art.........

Great Event! Moss, Words, Plants, Art………

Nord Alley’s First Thursday event brought people out of the woodwork on a rainy May evening. The event featured two art installations: P {Alley} Dromes – a fun mixture of palindromes which can be read from left to right and right to left down the alley walls and Plant Pallets – vertical plant gardens that vegetate the alley....

Activating Alleys for a Lively City | Seattle Integrated Alley Handbook

Jenny Kempson and Mary Fialko, under the instruction of Nancy Rottle at the University of Washington Green Futures Lab, spent a semester studying alleys and distilling their learning into a handbook.  Below, the three authors give a quick description of how you might use the handbook to improve your own alleys. The Seattle Integrated Alley...
Alley Rescue Mission

Alley Rescue Mission

Madeleine and her family are part of the Alley Network Project. Recently neighbors on the block  started cleaning up the alley, stopping illegal trash dumping, and even adding plants!  If you’ve ever taken the Underground Tour, you might remember the Pioneer Passage alley- off Yesler and 1st Avenue in Pioneer Square. Here’s a link to an inspiring blog written...
Alley Allure

Alley Allure

Alleys have allure. One of Pioneer Square’s residents recently snapped a photo of this wedding party in the Nord Alley. We’ve seen everything from commercial filming, photoshoots and performances. Even this group found the alley charming for their wedding photos. Sometimes people are drawn into the alley by the hanging steel and glass sculpture installed from one of the buildings. That definitely catches the eye. The...
Alleys - Our Urban Future

Alleys – Our Urban Future

by Daniel Toole - After traveling around the world in search of great alleys, I have experienced a number of different ways these spaces are being used in modern cities. Alleys in Chicago and Detroit, besides bearing their utilitarian waste- conveying activities, are transforming into environmentally integrated stormwater treatment centers.  Chicago “green alleys” are re-paved...
Alley Observations - Launa Bodde

Alley Observations – Launa Bodde

Alleys are interesting places. For reasons unknown to me, I have always been drawn to them. I’ve been working on compiling a series of images from alleys in Seattle, particularly those in the Pioneer Square area. I also organize the Seattle Street Photography meetup, and our group has spent considerable time exploring the alleys of...