Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Alley Definition:

A right of way to serve a limited neighborhood for local convenience and not for general passage.

Related Terms: Street, Boulevard

In Irwin v. City of Manhattan Beach, Justice Peek of the Supreme Court of California distinguished between an alley and a street as follows:

"It seems clear that alley does not include street, as the lesser does not include the greater. Further, an alley differs from a street in quality as well as quantity, in that it is a right of way to serve a limited neighborhood for local convenience and not for general passage or travel as in the case of streets."

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