We Love our Laneways!

After a great weekend cleaning up Hamilton’s alleyways with the Beautiful Alleys Clean Up Project, we were feeling a bit inspired to brighten your day!

Alleyways are a defining feature of older urban neighbourhoods. Such extensive networks of passageways and open spaces offer easy access to homes and businesses with minimal car interference. Rather than developing alleys for the benefit of the community, they have become forgotten, underused and abused public spaces.

Does Your Alleyway Need a Makeover? Do you have an alleyway in your neighbourhood that could use a little help? 

Meet the GALA Alleyway Project

map of alleyways in GALA neighbourhood

Beautifying community spaces by adding green space and removing unnecessary asphalt and concrete not only renews the space, but has been proven to improve our community’s water quality, build neighbourhoods, increase bicycle and pedestrian connections and increase natural habitats for birds and butterflies. Through our GALA Alleyway Project, Green Venture is working to transform these spaces to include native species gardens, solar lighting, local art, natural playgrounds and games, and so much more.

We want to hear from you! Do you know problem areas and heavily travelled alleyways that could benefit from a little beautification? Let us know here by filling out our short survey. Contact deirdre.connell@greenventure.ca for more info.

Listen here to our recent interview on CFMU 93.3 about the project

Need some inspiration? Here are some Laneways we Love! 


Montreal’s Ruelle Vertes/Green Alleys


San Francisco’s Living Alley Project

Elfreth’s Alley in Philadelphia

Graffiti Alley

Toronto’s Graffiti Alley, aka Rush Lane

Detroit Green Alleys

Five Points Alley, Cincinnati

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