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Revitalization Through Alleys

In Austin, Texas, students at Univ. of Texas at Austin worked with a community members to revitalize their community through the alley ways.

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Reclaiming alley ways can encourage cities and communities to maximize the potential for existing yet forgotten spaces through ownership, entrepreneurship, and customization of such spaces and inherently transforming them into more desirable places. The alleys transformed underutilized spaces into additional community places for families to express ownership and reclaim the linear spaces as community pathways that connect neighbors.

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There are underutilized and forgotten spaces all over the world waiting to be re-imagined. There are several cities that have already capitalized on alleys as a way to revitalize their communities and to encourage more sustainable practices (i.e. Chicago, Seattle, Melborn, Australia, etc.) Just to reference a few...


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I think beautifying alleys and streets is an important way to make city dwellers feel at home. Some graffiti art is very artistic. Have any of you seen the work of graffiti artists Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner on pavement in England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium?? They paint 3D illusions on sidewalks. Check it out - it's pretty incredible:

Interesting painting ideas like these to beautify areas would be a fun way to make people from urban areas proud of their hometowns.

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