10/21/2006

Alleys: the new urban rehabilitation project.

"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.


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2 comments:

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

The architectural makeover of your blog is looking good. I like having all the sidebar links on the top instead of at the bottom where you are far less likely to see or use them.

Is this the new Beta Blogger upgrade? The comments box now has a security popup that I have seen at another blog.

chuck b. said...

Yeah, I used the Beta upgrade to make the changes. All I really wanted to do was change the width of posting element so I could put more pictures side by side instead of always running them vertically.

They said Beta makes it easier to customize your blog, and it does, but not in ways that I cared about.

But since I went ahead and switched to the Beta template, I figured I might as well effect some changes in the colors and fonts and stuff that the Beta does make it easier to change. I do like it better.