I have a routine walk around the neighborhood . I go up the hill , usually , and make a right on what used to be Banana Avenue , and I go a few blocks east , sometimes to Highland , a grand old Ave . with big old houses on big lots on a wide street . If I’m too lazy , though , or tired , I go down one of the other streets toward Foothill Blvd .
I don’t take Foothill back . At least , almost never . I cut down along the alley that runs parallel . Alleys are better . No one needs to put facades up along an alley . Alleys are blue collar places . They’re places to park the car , to put the trash , to dump the old chair .