Question: Are Alleys Public Property?

What is an alley easement?

All residential and commercial alleys and/or easements are the responsibility of the property owner/and or occupant.

Each resident must maintain their half of the alley/easement from rear property or fence line to center point of alley/easement.

Why do old neighborhoods have alleys?

Additionally, alleys are regaining their historic function as access for accessory housing units, providing a greater diversity of housing choices within our neighborhoods. In older cities, alleys are being rediscovered as people places.

What are alleys used for?

An alley or alleyway is a narrow lane, path, or passageway, often reserved for pedestrians, which usually runs between, behind, or within buildings in the older parts of towns and cities. It is also a rear access or service road (back lane), or a path, walk, or avenue (French allée) in a park or garden.

Why do cities have alleys?

Alleys actually gave way to front yards in the late 19th century because they were seen as dangerous. For cities that have them, they are mostly utilitarian, home to garbage cans, parked cars, garage entrances and utility poles.