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Driveways vs Alleyways

October 21, 2009

Fun to fly into Chicago and see the variety of housing layouts… Some blocks with alleys and garages bookending backyards; some with no alleys, garages in back and driveways to the side; some with garages and drives in front… Those appear to be the newest and most expensive ones.

What makes this especially interesting is that the types are consistent along the whole block. So you can get a real feeling for the neighborhood character each style creates.

I have to admit, I think Portland missed a bet when it decided to not have alleys. Wonder if they’d have decided differently if they’d called it Boston? Does Portland Maine have alleys?

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