Resident perceptions of urban alleys and alley greening

Mona Seymour, Jennifer Wolch, Kim D. Reynolds, Hilary Bradbury-Huang

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Abstract

While urban alleyways have long been associated with blight and crime, recent urban greening efforts have reconceptualized alleys as sites for alternative transportation networks, stormwater treatment, habitat restoration, and neighborhood social life. However, little is known about how alley-adjacent residents perceive greening projects in these rather ambiguous spaces, though greening projects have the potential to both benefit and inconvenience residents in significant ways. Using a series of focus groups, this paper investigates the perceptions of alley-adjacent residents in low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods regarding residential alleys and possible greening measures. Results highlight the utilitarian relationship residents have with local alleys, and the apprehensions they have about these spaces. Findings inform a discussion on undertaking greening projects in quasi-public spaces that are important to residents' daily lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-393
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Geography
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Seymour, M., Wolch, J., Reynolds, K. D., & Bradbury-Huang, H. (2010). Resident perceptions of urban alleys and alley greening. Applied Geography, 30(3), 380-393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2009.11.002