Upstairs apartments have turned downtown into home.
Backdoors & alleyways
A backdoor becomes a work of art in the Court Street district.
Sometimes the alleyway graffiti makes a social statement.
Utility lines and garbage carts lend a certain uniformity to alleyways.
A few entrepreneurs embrace the alleyway.
Photos by Scott Morris
Downtown Southern charm doesn't end at the front door, as I discovered recently while exploring the backdoors and alleyways of Florence, Alabama.
Alleys were created to hide the less desirable aspects of business like garbage and utilities, a place for the fry cook and the server to share a smoke, a good spot to tie up your horse — but they have a certain beauty of their own.
A bicycle boneyard behind Tennessee Street provides used parts to keep the self-propelled bargain hunter on the move.
From an alley, the windows of a historic downtown building become a mirror reflecting the blue sky of May.