"Most people's perception of alleys is that they are scary," said architect David Winslow. "Part of my goal is to get people past that fear."
Those narrow forgotten streets behind buildings in large cities are undiscovered gold to Winslow...
Alleys were essential as delivery and service conduits in cities as ancient as Olynthus, Pompeii and Rome. However in 19th century cities like Sacramento, San Francisco, Chicago and Savannah, Ga., where service and deliveries were gradually engineered to go underground, unused 15-foot-wide alleys often become havens for drug deals and crime.
"They are the ultimate pedestrian environment," said Winslow. Hidden from view, alleys are conducive to criminal activity, but they can be retrieved for a host of good uses.