Reclaiming Alleyways to Improve Network Connectivity: Lessons from Dubai’s Neighborhoods

Khaled Alawadi, Hind Alameri, Martin Scoppa

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This study highlights the necessity of studying both streets and alleyways when assessing network connectivity efficiency. Taking Dubai as a case, the research evaluates eleven neighborhoods with different streets and alleyways systems designed during different growth periods. The focus is placed on the efficiency of different street layouts and explores the contribution of alleys to that efficiency. A Pedestrian Route Directness (PRD) test is used to assess the efficiency of neighborhoods streets and alleys system. Findings show that alleys improved connectivity once added to the network showing an improvement in average PRD values, network densities, and plots passing the test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-939
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Dubai
  • alleyways
  • connectivity
  • pedestrian route directness
  • urban network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies


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