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An alley is a service road usually located between properties for access to utilities.
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An alley or alleyway is a narrow service road usually located between properties to provide access things such as back gardens, rear entrances, fire exits, and storage areas. Alleys are normally found in urban areas, and often run between the rear sides of buildings such as houses, and commercial premises.

In some medieval European settlements alleys may be the very narrow streets which run in-between buildings, providing public through-access.