I’ve had a thing for alleys since I was little. Most of my friends lived along four blocks in the Old North End of Colorado Springs that were all connected by an alley through which we had a great deal of freedom to roam. Without the speeding cars on Nevada Avenue and most adults, it was a like secret passageway lined with lilacs, weeds, car carcasses and barking dogs that allowed us to move swiftly and stealthily between our respective homes to play and, later, drink our parents’ liquor and make out. There’s still an other-worldliness and anonymity about alleys that’s… yes, magical.

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8 Responses to Planet Alley: The Weird World Beyond Your Back Fence

  1. Louise C says:

    I love the hollyhocks and backyard gardens but I didn’t see any chicken coops–they’re usually pretty well hidden. And it looks like some folks should use a dumpster or haul-off service!

  2. Pamela says:

    There are some lovely alleys on the westside. I love walking the alleys to see how people have decorated their yards, outbuildings and gardens. Lots of creative individuals in our community.

  3. Matt H says:

    Some people show off their talents and some people are hiding things. Its pretty easy to read you neighbor’s vibe by what they do with their alley. These 100+ year old structures make you wonder… Who lived in my alley cottage 100 years ago?

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  5. tobi says:

    Great photos.. I’ve always loved the mystery of alleys. I have a few photos of my own, taken while wandering the West Side. I’ve also been known to do a little “alley shopping”..I found a great patio table once just before it was headed for the dump!.

  6. Jeremy Van Hoy says:

    One man’s trash…

  7. Mike Procell says:

    I too, wiled away many a youthful hour in the back alleys of my hometown neighborhood playing ‘cops & robbers’, ‘cowboys & indians’, astronauts & alien invaders’ and raiding all the backyard fruit trees in the process – thanks for the flashback of all those memories..

  8. Kelly DeMuth says:

    Loved it! I too have always been entranced by alleys and think that exploring the alley is a great way to get to know the real soul of the neighborhood. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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