For the last six months, Melinda Matson and her neighbors on an alley between N. Vancouver, N. Williams, NE Beech and NE Failing have been working together to develop a placemaking strategy for their alley. The area is a major center of redevelopment and the neighbors have engaged developers of projects on and around their block as they honed their plans. The result is the Beech-Failing Alley Project which seeks to create a unique model of resident led revitalization around an alley that is in the process of transitioning from suburban to something more urban. Their vision includes garages converted to shops, cafes, work spaces and housing along a narrow and relaxing alley corridor. The costs of making this vision a reality are not small and they are currently running a fundraising campaign on crowdsource site IOBY.com.