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Old 11-21-2009, 09:01 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Only place I've personally seen them is in Dallas.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Indianapolis has residential alleys in much of the original city limits; though some are in pretty significant disrepair. Some alleys, such as in the Fall Creek Place neighborhood, are freshly paved.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:34 AM
 
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My reasoning was that alleys take up a lot of room, so by their very nature reduce the density of housing in a given area.

But maybe alleys are more common in areas with mid-rise and high-rise residential areas?
Maybe it depends on the size of the block and the lots. Alleys allow houses and buildings to be fairly close to each other, as there's no driveway cutting into the space. I suppose the alley space could cut into the lot size and mean a smaller core yard.

In Minneapolis the alley neighborhoods range from all single family homes to all apartment buildings, with many of the blocks being a mix of single family homes, duplexes, and mid-rise apartment buildings.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: USA
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The oldest neighborhoods in Shreveport have alleys; many had garages located behind the houses and one turned into a very short driveway from the alleys. The NHs built in the 20s and 30s did away with those; having driveways which were in the front from the streets.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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This is in Norfolk, Va. Photo taken by XgrendelX.

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Old 11-21-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Alley's are mostly found where the population density is lower?
False.

Alleys are mostly found where population density is high...
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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Alleys in Dallas are so the garages can be on the back of the house. Cars drive down the alleys so they are at least the width of a car. Garbage cans are on the alleys, so the trash trucks go down the alleys. It makes the front of the houses look better.

Used to be the cheapest houses had the front entry garages. Once you hit a certain price point you had an alley and rear entry garages.

Then with all the new cheap McMansions coming in, they got rid of the alleys and went back to front entry.

Newcomers who move to Dallas oftentimes hate neighborhoods with alleys because they say they can't keep up with the comings and goings of their neighbors. (or as they call it - they can't get to know their neighbors). That makes no sense to me. I have an alley and I know all my neighbors. I just don't get to see their every move.

Newcomers also say the alley takes up too much of the back yard and they want the driveway in the front yard. On the other hand, alley lovers like the fact cars aren't parked on the front yard on the driveways making the neighborhood looks trashy. (And in Dallas single family subdivisions, the houses are lined up on small lots with about 10 feet between the houses.)

The above picture of an alley isn't what I am talking about at all. Cars need to get down them.
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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We had alleys all over my hometown. Love riding through them on my bike with my friends as a kid; best times getting chased by dogs!
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Old 11-21-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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This is in Norfolk, Va. Photo taken by XgrendelX.
This isn't an alley, in my estimation, it's an alleyway. Alleys are wide enough for motor vehicles to drive thru.
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Old 11-21-2009, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Alley's are mostly found where the population density is lower?
False.

Alleys are mostly found where population density is high...
This isn't always true. The area I mentioned earlier, the Ardsley Park neighborhood of Savannah has alleys and that area is low density.

I suppose most of the time though, alleys are found in higher density areas.
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