Vancouver's first alley or "laneway" house.Photo: Krista JahnkeCross-posted from Sightline Daily. There's an alley renaissance going on around the world. It was born of a renewed love for urbanity that came along with the droves of young, artistic types shunning the 'burbs and repopulating North America's inner cities. They brought with them a desire to turn what have traditionally been neglected and ugly inner-city dumping grounds into vibrant, art-adorned, pedestrian-friendly public spaces. Vancouver, B.C. -- the city that has served as a North American icon for creating liveable inner cities -- is having its own "laneway" renaissance (as alleys are known here). …
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Kamala Rao is an urban planner. Her husband, Bryn Davidson, is co-owner of Lanefab Design/Build, a company that specializes in laneway housing.