(Photos: Andrew B. Hurvitz)
Last year, on a visit to Japan, I discovered alleys that were vibrant, clean and functional.
In a country where 127m live on land mass that is smaller than California, space is put to good use.
Little houses, imaginatively designed, are integrated into narrow streets and alleys. (Photos: Dezeen)
Whether an entrance is in front or back makes no difference to a Japanese house.
What counts is the integrity and artistry of the architecture.
LA, and the entire state of California, has an extreme shortage of affordable and civilized housing.
Why not emulate Japan and make use of our alleys, the back of our buildings, and enormous asphalt parking lots to create civilized spaces for residential development?
Sherman Oaks alleys below.
Photo credit: Andrew B. Hurvitz