By Haya El Nasser, has writen many of USA Today articles about urban/city issues.
Rather than dismissing them as dark, dank and often dangerous spots used mainly for trash pickup and garage access, they're treating them as valuable real estate that can help the environment and improve city life.

"It's not a lost space. It's a living space."
Is it ?

Cities discussed in the article (add links to program websites)
Los Angeles
Chicago - their handbook:

Does your fair city have anything like these programs ? or mostly forgotten r-o-w ?
Anybody involved in such programs ?