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    Residential rear lanes or alleyways

    Anybody got information regarding comparative cost between laneless residential subdivisions vs. laned ones? The alternative to narrow small lots being supported by the development industry are the "wide, shallow lots" without lanes.

    The other aspect I need to compare/respond/defend/evaluate.... is the relationship between rear lanes (alleyways) and the perceived potential increase (or decrease) for B&E (break and entry) and increase (or decrease) in minor crime in general.

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    Residential rear lanes or alleyways

    Your question is probably too simplistic in that there would likely be other differences in the overall plan of the two projects. One is most likely a "traditional" neighborhood while the other is one of many variations of the conventional approach. Also, the site characteristics are critical. A sloping site would make the alley plan very difficult and costly. Same thing for the crime question. If the neighborhood plan makes provision for healthy community self-control (involved citizens, active streets, wide mix of households, etc.) the crime potential would not be much different. In isolation however, it is probably true that the alleys become another unobserved and undercontrolled quasi-public space.

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