Links to activating alleys from near and far.
Alleys of Seattle Blog Chronicles Daniel Toole’s study of alleys around the world; Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, Japan, Melbourne, San Francisco, Sydney, and Mount Vernon.
Bohemian Backstreets Part of Seattle’s Columbia City Art Walk, the uniquely community-driven Bohemian Backstreets not only features traditional visual art (drawings, paintings, etc.) but also takes an interactive approach with live music, performance art, spoken word, dance and of course, food. Check them out for alley events!
Chinatown Historic Alley Project The Historic Alley Project is a community effort to bring life back into Canton and Maynard Alleys in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. The community has come together and identified physical improvements including lighting, paving, landscaping and public arts, that can transform the alleys into clean, safe, and fun places for residents, businesses, and pedestrians.
Seattle Clear Alleys Program Piloted in Seattle’s Pioneer Square to reduce dumpsters in alleys.
Seattle Integrated Alley Handbook University of Washington MLA students Jenny Hampton and Mary Fialko evaluated Seattle’s alley to assess their potential in having a more active role in the urban landscape. In this work the interns evaluated the built environment, potential biodiversity and ecosystem capacity and public life connections for alleys in 6 neighborhood case studies.
UW Seattle Alley Art Party Maddie Beeders embarked on planning an walk alley event for her senior project. Maddie enlisted businesses, volunteers and art students from the University of Washington to pull of this very successful alley event. See Maddie’s portfolio for all the details.
AROUND THE US AND ABROAD
Activating Austin’s Downtown Alleys as Public Spaces A Report by the City of Austin Downtown Commission to provide context and recommendation for activating Austin’s Downtown alleys. (2013)
Chicago’s Green Alley Program Initiative by the City of Chicago to “green Chicago’s alley with environmentally friendly stormwater treatment features, permeable paving, and light fixtures to reduce light pollution. Over 100 projects have been installed since 2006.
Laneways of Vancouver Blog by Sam Cameron about the potential for laneway activation in Vancouver.
Spring in Our Steps A consortium of committed Cincinnati residents, who feel that forgotten pedestrian spaces can become some of the city’s best assets. The group initiates community-oriented projects in Cincinnati’s alleyways and city steps, as well as its most neglected sidewalks.
Sydney Laneway Revitalisation City of Sydney strategy for breathing life back into under-used spaces: business development, art installation, paving and lighting treatments, etc.