Alleys of Seattle

Tight Urbanism exhibit opening at AIA Seattle

Posted in Uncategorized by seattlealleys on May 15, 2011
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Tight Urbanism, a set by camerarchitect on Flickr.

Thank you to everyone who came to the opening of Tight Urbanism at AIA Seattle this last Wednesday.  Thank you as well to those that sponsored, advised, and helped with this whole study.  I would like to thank the AIA Fellows’ Committee for allowing me this great adventure.  The exhibit will run until July 1st at the AIA gallery in Belltown from 10-5 weekdays.  If you would like a private tour, please let me know ahead of time and I will block out times throughout the day.

Additionally, the exhibit will move to Maynard Alley behind the Wing Luke Asian Art Museum for an alley party in early July.  I will be leading a walking tour Saturday, June 25th in conjunction with the gallery exhibit that you can buy tickets for through the Seattle Architectural Foundation here.

Thank you to Richard Tran, a friend of mine, for taking fantastic photos of the exhibit opening Wednesday.  I would also like to thank people that came through Firehouse Alley last First Thursday to see what we were up to!  There are a few more alley parties and activities that will take place in Pioneer Square alleys this summer.  Stay tuned here and on the tweet feeds to the right for when and where they will be.

I have consolidated my travel sketches, photos, and writing into a little book titled Tight Urbanism that I will be selling on here  on the next post.

Thank you again everyone for the opportunity and support with this work.

– Daniel Toole


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  1. Spencer Burton said, on September 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    “I had never lived in a city that had alleys — Portland, Oregon, where I’m from didn’t.”

    That is not true. Here is a study done this year by several PSU Masters in Urban and Regional Planning about some of Portland’s Alleys.

    Alley Allies;_ylu=X3oDMTEzMWt2NDg0BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA3NrMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDI4Ml8x/SIG=11irvu70p/EXP=1378526086/**http%3a//

    • seattlealleys said, on September 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Hi Spencer, I am aware of the Alley Allies! When I wrote my bio, I was referring more to inter-city alleys in a high density, core context. However, you are correct, it wasn’t until recently that I was aware of the alleys that are part of many of Portland’s residential areas!

      • Spencer Burton said, on September 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm


        I’m a community project leader and independent stone mason by profession.

        I am very interested in leading a green alley project in Portland next year. I was inspired when I saw an article in the Portland Tribune this year and met with several of the graduate students who conducted the study of the alleys in the Foster-Powell and Mt Scott Arleta neighborhoods in Portland. Like you I can see the largely untapped potential of transforming alleys into community building green ways.

        From vacant to vibrant: I will be pursuing grants for an alley conversion project next year.

        Is your book “Tight Urbanism” still available? I would be interested in purchasing a copy.


  2. seattlealleys said, on September 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    It is still available online here-

    Let me know what you think, and if I can assist in any way!


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