Has any block in Flatiron or Fishtown had its alley closed off by neighbors recently, does anyone know?
If so, I'd like to know what issues came up with it with putting up a locked gate where neighbors share a combination or a key. Some people's alleys are actual streets, some are 3' alleys which are a shared responsibility in a deed restriction, some alleys don't open into the street because of a blocking structure.
I know a gate poses an impediment to PPD if they need to get in that alley quick--they have to find a neighbor first with a key to the gate or go through a neighbor's house to get back there if they're searching for someone. But on the other hand, it reduces the likelihood they have to go back there to search for someone because access is restricted.
I'm not saying I'm pushing for a gate--I want to know if anybody's done it recently and what the results of it are.