living alley
n. An alley designed as a public space, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, while maintaining limited vehicular access.
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An alley in downtown Greenfield could be transformed into an area for festivals, gatherings and walking. … The “North Street Living Alley” is the first official project the Greenfield Coalition and the city are taking on in an effort to revitalize downtown.
—“Matching funds sought to transform area as part of trail project,” Daily Reporter (Greenfield, IN), April 28, 2015
While the concept has been implemented more widely in northern Europe, … similar ideas have been applied in Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon. … As with any changes to public streets, making living alleys a reality "requires changing expectations," the guide says. "Trade-offs are inevitable. Alleys cannot maintain their current amount of parking, traffic, and back-of-house service functions, and simultaneously provide usable open space and a comfortable pedestrian realm. A living alley is a holistic transformation of the use and function of the alley."
—Aaron Bialick, “Planning Dept Releases Design Guide for 'Living Alleys' Around Hayes Valley,” Streetsblog San Francisco, February 27, 2015
The monthly walk will take a visit to San Francisco's own woonerf, a single street: Linden Alley, which in 2010 was transformed from an unremarkable back street into a unique, welcoming and bustling "living alley" for people.
—Nicole Scheider, “Linden Alley: Cutting-edge design creates 'living' street,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 16, 2014
2007 (earliest)
Ran into David Winslow as well who is on a fund-raising campaign to match the funds his architecture firm garnered from the city to develop Lindey Alley into a a "living alley."
—Deborah Crooks, “Sunday's scene,” Bird in the Tree, October 15, 2007
Linden Alley, a living alley in San Francisco (Source: Living Alleys Toolkit [16MB PDF]).