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Laneways, also known as alleys, are narrow streets that add to the diversity of the overall public space network, supporting the fine grain character of a city. Often retrofitted from old service lanes, commercial laneways provide opportunities to create new front doors to forgotten spaces, prioritize pedestrians, and add vibrant spaces to a neighborhood. Laneways can work as a network for pedestrians to navigate the city and build an overall identity for the city center.1
Cities around the world have been transforming their laneways from back alleys filled with trucks and delivery vans to new front-facing active edges, creating inviting spaces for locals and visitors.
1. Bate, Weston, Essential but unplanned: the story of Melbourne’s lanes (Melbourne: City of Melbourne and State Library of Victoria, 1994)</sup
Adapted by Global Street Design Guide published by Island Press.