Personal time has become very precious to people. The costs of increasingly tedious commutes in terms of personal time and automobile running costs have become too high a price for many to pay. Over the past 4 years people have been moving back into D.C. by the thousands, looking for a better quality of life that includes more personal time in which to enjoy the spectrum of D.C. living. With a fixed 12 mile radius and a height restriction increased density of living comes through (a) the development of dead and decaying blocks and squares (b) renovation and restoration of boarded up structures that are still structurally sound and (c) exploration of alley living options.
DC Streets were boringly named alphabetically (A Street) and numerically (1st Street) and by quadrant (NW) and by State (Massachusetts) whereas the alley names reflected real life and day-to-day living. They recalled the names of real people who contributed to the neighborhood. Some were simply colorful and needed no explanation at all such as "Goat Alley" and "Blood Alley" and "Blues Alley." Alleys are the arterioles of a city and need to flow with pedestrian traffic, bicycles and renewed pulsations of life.