Following up on our promise to bring you the finest culture that Colorado Springs’ alleys have to offer in our first installment (Planet Alley: The Strange and Distant World Behind Your House, which featured the alleys of the West Side), we now bring you the alleys of the Old North End.

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9 Responses to Planet Alley Part Deux: The Old North End

  1. Lisa says:

    thanks, Noel- you have such a good eye for the details! Those (innocent) mountain murals in this and the west side alley series reminded me of garage door art from MY youth. I grew up in the early 60s in a Cleveland suburb. Several neighbors had garage doors with uncomfortable versions of cartoon characters. One block over from my house, Irene’s dad painted the Flintstones awkwardly on the pink garage door. Wilma looked much too sexy!

  2. Louise C says:

    What fun! What is it about alleys? A repository for leftovers; an opportunity for art or gardens hidden away; no pressure to keep up appearances. I love our alleys. Your slide show makes me want to document the alleys around my neighborhood or at least roam them with a new eye thanks to you.

  3. Kathy says:

    I loved the trip down memory lane. I lived at 1332 N. Cascade and we didn’t have an alley, we missed out ! But you can feel the age and memories of the left behind materials and I hope they never clean it up!
    Thanks again,
    Kathy

  4. Karen says:

    great…maybe less commentary, silence is sometimes nicer

  5. Karen says:

    well the mute button is available if I so desire…sorry

  6. Dave Philipps says:

    I too am a big fan of our downtown alleys. Why oh why did we do away with alleys? Here’s a big something slideshow recommendation. Lets walk down Ruxton Creek all the way through Manitou.

  7. Matt H says:

    Palmer HS won State Basketball Championships in 1992 and 1993. Woot! We can kind of see why here. Hooray for alleyway basketball.

  8. Kit says:

    In my 9th grade homeroom class, which was organized alphabetically all year long, my desk was just behind a kid named Paul “Boyko” (that’s a phonetic spelling). From the FRONT, this kid appeared to be totally put together, coiffed. He displayed a level of vanity unmatched by anyone else in our class of thirty or so. Since I sat behind him, though, I was privy to the fact that he never once thought to run a comb through the back of his hair. Apparently it had never dawned on him that anybody could see behind there. (This is certainly a kind of solipsism.) Alleys are like that, or can be, or so it seems.

    [A Boyko bonus: at the start of our freshman year of high school he and I never spoke to each other for the longest time. I don't recall why. Finally, one day he broke the silence by turning around in his desk seconds before the homeroom bell and uttering the only words I ever remember him saying. I quote: "You know those glow sticks? The green plastic ones you crack in half and the chemicals mix and they glow?" I nodded, sure I knew those. "My dad invented them." Then he turned around and gave me another look at his bee's nest of hair.]

  9. Jeremy Van Hoy says:

    Thanks Noel! I like that area west of Wood… Alamo, Culebra, etc… The alleys are shorter, but feel ‘secluded’ :)

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