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Old 08-04-2018, 02:19 PM
 
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We have had a problem recently with foot traffice coming through the alley on the side of the house despite it being private property. The alley is not gated, and we wanted to put up a gate at each end. Can anyone recommend an experienced, reasonably priced handyman with references who might be able to do the work?

Thanks.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Perhaps look on YELp.com
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Old 08-05-2018, 01:11 PM
 
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Good idea. Thank you.
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Does city code allow you to gate off the alley?
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:41 PM
 
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Does city code allow you to gate off the alley?
Sorry, but I do not understand your question. This is private property. What does code have to say about it one way or the other???
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:29 AM
 
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I can understand the confusion by tcualum. An traditional alley isn't usually on private property, so I can see missing that unless you read the original post carefully. I thought the same thing when I read it the first time.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:11 PM
 
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I cannot speak for anyone else's experiences, but I grew up with alleys on every house in my neighbourhood. They are small walkways down the side of the house, and they are usually, if not always, fenced in. I am not speaking about those drivable roads that run between some properties. Those are mowed by the city and are quite wide. As far as I can tell, they are there to allow people to access parking in the rear of their homes. My alley is not such an "alley." It is part of my home. I is paved with a short, small staircase off the paved parking area in the back of my home, which is also private property. I have flower beds in my alley as well as the HVAC unit for my house. Maybe younger folks think of an "alley" as those drivable "roads between rows of houses, but that is not what I think of anytime I use the term "alley." Really, the word "alley" is not a good descriptor of those "roads." They should be called something else.

Alley: a narrow passageway between or behind buildings.
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Old 08-06-2018, 02:22 PM
 
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If its part of your own property its a driveway
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Old 08-06-2018, 04:16 PM
 
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If its part of your own property its a driveway
Yes, and if it is only wide enough for people and animals to walk down it, then it is an alley.
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Old 08-06-2018, 04:26 PM
 
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While I've only known the term 'alley' to be used for the lanes behind houses or between commercial buildings, I see the definition you've posted and understand your use of it now.

However, where does walking along side of your house take these people? is there not another home there that they'd also have to walk past? Or does it take them to a park or perhaps a business? Not that it really matters. lol

If the pathway alongside of your house is part of the land you own then you should have every right to fence/gate it in, unless there is a city or HOA code against such a thing.

In each of the houses I've lived in around the county, every single one has been fenced in along with the house behind and those on either side and there would be no way for anyone to travel along the side of the houses without jumping the fences. It's all private property.
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