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(Iowa City Press-Citizen)   Well-heeled people unclear on the use and purpose of alleys complain that the alleys they take shortcuts through have "too many trash receptacles" in them, prefer they had murals, planters and outdoor seating instead   ( press-citizen.com) divider line
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2013-01-20 04:58:54 PM  
4 votes:
So where, exactly, are the Dumpsters supposed to be placed once they are replaced with panoramic paintings of multiracial children holding hands around a rainbow and community herb gardens? These alleys have 'trash receptacles' in them specifically to keep them from being placed on the main roads or in parking areas. If the back entrances at literally every single job I've ever had are any indication, any planters or sculptures or whatever else they put there will wind up filled with trash and cigarette butts anyways.
2013-01-20 06:02:34 PM  
3 votes:
It's an alley, not a sidewalk. You used it because it was shorter than going along the sidewalk, not because it was the main route. If it was the main route, everyone would use it and it wouldn't be convenient anymore--because everyone would use it. Then you'd have to find another shorter route, which would be where the merchants were sticking all their empty boxes and making deliveries, precisely because NOBODY WAS WALKING THERE.

I suppose if these people wanted to cut through the kitchens, they'd be upset at all the food and hot stoves there, and ask that cooking only be done at certain times of day, because of the health hazards?
2013-01-20 07:48:30 PM  
2 votes:
Cathrine Champeon is a long time city council member, who is taking a short cut from her parking space to her store. So for her personal convenience all downtown alleys should be renovated? I hope she trips into a pothole and drowns.
2013-01-20 04:20:46 PM  
2 votes:
May your alleyway never be the dodgy feces grease and urine obstacle course that is Pioneer Square near Yesler.
2013-01-20 09:03:08 PM  
1 vote:

RabidJade: I wish people in the US would get off of this "it's old so it needs changed regardless of how or why" trip.

We've been through this once before, in the 60's and '70's when all of the downtown areas (at least in the midwest) had 'modern' facades applied to 19th century commercial buildings, along with the sidewalk overhangs that were designed with by brutalist architects, because it was the style of the time.

/The southwestern city I now live in just spent a few million to get rid of the overhangs and facades.
2013-01-20 07:18:41 PM  
1 vote:
I live in a fairly new subdivision that has an alley where all the trash cans and garages are located. It's strange to see an old layout done with new houses.
2013-01-20 07:15:35 PM  
1 vote:
Alternate Solution: Put signs in alleys that show a pedestrian icon with a circle and a line through it.
2013-01-20 06:02:48 PM  
1 vote:
Alleys should be as walkable as anything else. Cities should be built around foot traffic. The entire reason people organized into cities is so that everything important is a short walk away. That's what cities are for.

While they don't need to be the prettiest things, they do need to be even and navigable.
2013-01-20 05:27:19 PM  
1 vote:
Is the city planning that farked up? Around here the plan is


So there's no good reason to walk down an alley because there is an adjacent street.

// driving down alleys OTOH is a good way to avoid traffic ... and get a flat tire.
2013-01-20 05:23:49 PM  
1 vote:
I have an alley behind the house where our trash gets picked up I got a notice on my trash cans last week saying the cans need to be stored on private property. Everyone's cans are in the alley and there is no private property to store them unless I bring them into the house. The cans have been there for years and they are tight against the wall until trash day when we pull them out a few feet so the claw can grab them. I do have a garage but our cans are shared with the neighbor and I'll be damned if that tweaker is getting access to my garage.
2013-01-20 05:22:26 PM  
1 vote:
If 1970's action movies are to be believed, they were once popular places to park trucks loaded with empty cardboard boxes.
2013-01-20 05:16:50 PM  
1 vote:
FTA: "In 2010 and 2011, Fort Collins completed two alley projects, which improved the lighting in the two alleys and added better lighting..."

I wonder if they also replaced the bad lighting and made the lighting brighter as well?

/If you put outdoor furniture in my alley, it's in the bed of an old pickup within two hours.
2013-01-20 05:02:40 PM  
1 vote:
My neighborhood has alleys between all the houses, I have no idea why. Currently two coyotes are roaming them. No one drives down them, and you put your trash on the street. It's just ten feet of wasted space between houses, that the city has to keep from becoming overgrown with weeds, bushes, etc.
2013-01-20 04:58:48 PM  
1 vote:

illannoyin: http://forum.jerkoffzone.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat &Number=217304

Hidden camera in my shower?

/not clicking that
2013-01-20 04:52:47 PM  
1 vote:
Damn it, I like alleys BECAUSE they're dirty and totally lacking in aesthetic charm.

We have some quite picturesquely filthy ones here in Kern County.
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