MONTREAL, OUR NEARBY MAJOR CITY, IS MAKING GOOD USE OF ‘THE GREEN ALLEYS MOVEMENT’
The Green Alleys Movement has grown quickly since May 22, 2021. A green alleyway is a people-friendly space created by residents to promote social interaction among neighbours and friends.
The first true green alley, however, wasn’t developed until 1995, in the trendy and artistic Plateau-Mont-Royal borough. Numerous cities in the United States and Canada have been reclaiming alleyways from garbage and crime by greening the service lanes, or back ways, that run behind some houses. Eleven of the nineteen boroughs have at least one Green Alley Project sprouting up somewhere in Greater Montréal – developed with the help of engaged neighbours. . . . . . Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is loaded with alleys or laneways. These days some Torontonians are having houses built within their laneways. Maybe we can make them even more useful. Green Alleys anyone?