This four-part series, which culminated in the ebook below, explores American alleyways as promising sites for incremental infill development.
The American Alley, Part 1: A Hidden Resource
Overlooked and neglected for too long, it’s time to rediscover the strength-building potential of the American alley.
The American Alley, Part 2: Origins of the American Alley
Looking at the history of the alley reveals not only why they were once so useful, but why they are underutilized in many cities today.
The American Alley, Part 3: The End of the American Alley
Let’s look at how alleys fell out of favor in the American development pattern, and how this relates to zoning codes and ADUs.
The American Alley, Part 4: Rediscovering the Forgotten Human Scale
There is a human scale that has been forgotten here in America. Here’s how we might be
The Bottom-Up Revolution is... Turning Alleys into Productive Space (Podcast)
An interview with Thomas Dougherty, author of the American Alleyways series.
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