Activating Downtown Alleyways

Downtown alleyways often serve important functions, such as waste management or service entrances for businesses.  However, communities are increasingly recognizing alleyways as opportunities to create unique public spaces.  Alleyways offer pathways to pedestrians, increasing connectivity and walkability along interesting and quieter routes.   Improving alleyways can mean stormwater management to reduce flash flooding, greenery and plantings that offer environmental and aesthetic benefits, new commercial and entrepreneurial opportunities, and spaces for arts and culture.

Students in the course Public Policy & Persuasion will use case studies and best practices to develop recommendations tailored to the alleyways of Clinton's downtown district.