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Alley 19 April 2005
 
If the fronts of our houses provide insights into how we wish to be seen, then the backs of our houses are unapologetic statements about who we really are. Today I got to know my neighbors by trolling the alley behind my house and was alternately charmed and puzzled by what I found. I saw ramshackle garages, peeling paint, toppled garbage cans. But I also saw tidy and well-maintained rear areas, like this one above. There are people who paint behind the radiator, and people who don't. One can guess which group this homeowner belongs to.

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