The alley shown below depicts a 14-foot path within a 28-foot right-of-way.
Public safety is of paramount consideration for all new and existing alleys. Good lighting is an essential prerequisite to a feeling of public safety in alleys.
The Chicago Green Alley Handbook, (Chicago: Chicago Department of Transportation, 2010).
Mary Fialko and Jennifer Hampton, Seattle Integrated Alley Handbook: Activating Alleys for a Lively City, (Seattle: University of Washington, 2011).
“Alley Gating & Greening Program,” City of Baltimore, accessed May 31, 2013.
“What is Green Infrastructure?,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accessed May 31, 2013, http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/index.cfm.
The City of Seattle’s Street Edge Alternative Program’s primary objective is to restore natural drainage patterns to manage stormwater and prevent flooding. The program achieves these objectives through the reduction of impervious surfaces and increases in planting and other natural elements.
“Street Edge Alternatives,” City of Seattle, accessed May 31, 2013.
Adapted from the Urban Street Design Guide, published by Island Press.