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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

Alleys - so much more than places for trash and cars

I've written before about how we can take better advantage of our pavement space ( , and how even our alleys and lanes can become fun and interesting places. A recent blog post from Sightline Daily does an excellent job of detailing this phenomenon in the Pacific Northwest. All of our cities have numerous opportunities for exciting transformations like this, especially in our historic neighborhoods. For so many years, we've neglected these spaces, or thought of them as relics of a previous era.  The Sightline post shows how we can change our thinking, and look at these as key elements of public space. Enjoy:


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Road construction can be fun

Road construction can be fun

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