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Old 10-04-2016, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City
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Not very common here in OKC, they're most common in the oldest blocks. In my hometown of Durant, OK however, alleys are the norm; a majority of the blocks in Durant have alleys.

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Old 10-05-2016, 01:18 AM
 
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In NYC there are very few alleys (at least in Manhattan), so public urination can be pretty difficult at times
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Pittsburgh has tons of alleys, which are named and given the suffix "way" (as opposed to street, road, etc). They're basically ubiquitous in every neighborhood which was built out before 1920 or so. In the oldest neighborhoods, it's very common that plots were subdivided, and some houses also face the alleys. Sometimes these are just a smattering, but in neighborhoods like South Side virtually every "alley side" lot has been filled in with a house. I believe many of these streets were not intended as alleys per se, but were later reclassified as alleys once cars were invented and roads were meant for reasons other than pedestrian travel.
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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We have them in NYC, but they're not as common here as they are in other cities.

Out of all the cities I've been to in the US I would rank Philly #1 in this category. One of my favorite things about philly was all the tiny alleys to explore
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Nowhere I would like to be!
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Chicago has them in every neighborhood. Until I moved to a place with none, I did not realize that most American cities did not have them. I miss them.
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Old 10-06-2016, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Boston has very few alleys outside of a few neighborhoods the Back Bay, South End and parts of the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood there are almost no alleys either commercial or residential.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:03 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Alleys are very common in South Beach. In Raleigh they are quite rare. Perhaps oddly, you are probably more likely to find alleys in new urbanism construction in Raleigh than in the older neighborhoods.
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Old 10-06-2016, 03:36 PM
 
Location: North America
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I did quick google map overviews of all of Southern California counties. I would say more than 95% of all areas dont have alleys. Almost all newer neighborhoods (at least in last 20-30 years) in the suburbs dont have any alleys but in general are not on a grid system and curve and have cul de sacs.

Pre 1950s alleys are more common maybe 20%. You can see them in older neighborhoods of LA county. You tend to see them behind commercial streets and residential blocks near the major streets. You see more common in cities of Beverly Hills and Santa Monica residential areas.. In LA City, it is more common in residential Venice Beach, many parts of South Central LA along the 110 freeway/Alameda train corridor. Downtown has many alleys and areas surrounding it like south Central LA, Pico Union, Echo Park, Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights. And in other older parts of LA you see it in Cypress Park, Highland Park. In other major cities like Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Long Beach you see them in behind commercial corridors, and apartment blocks, and some SFH residential streets.
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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I did quick google map overviews of all of Southern California counties. I would say more than 95% of all areas dont have alleys. Almost all newer neighborhoods (at least in last 20-30 years) in the suburbs dont have any alleys but in general are not on a grid system and curve and have cul de sacs.

Pre 1950s alleys are more common maybe 20%. You can see them in older neighborhoods of LA county. You tend to see them behind commercial streets and residential blocks near the major streets. You see more common in cities of Beverly Hills and Santa Monica residential areas.. In LA City, it is more common in residential Venice Beach, many parts of South Central LA along the 110 freeway/Alameda train corridor. Downtown has many alleys and areas surrounding it like south Central LA, Pico Union, Echo Park, Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights. And in other older parts of LA you see it in Cypress Park, Highland Park. In other major cities like Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Long Beach you see them in behind commercial corridors, and apartment blocks, and some SFH residential streets.
They have them in older areas of Orange Co as well like Westminster and Garden Grove, I had an ex who grew up in Westminster, still lived with her folks when I was seeing her, and she lived right on Trask between Beach and Goldenwest, and her garage was in the backyard with access from the alleyway
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:01 AM
 
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We have them in NYC, but they're not as common here as they are in other cities.

Out of all the cities I've been to in the US I would rank Philly #1 in this category. One of my favorite things about philly was all the tiny alleys to explore
Alleys seem to be extremely rare in Manhattan
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