I am fond of the neighborhood shortcuts that go through the heart of some south side neighborhoods. Here are three that immediately come to mind:
The Holly Hills neighborhood has a small one starting at Holly Hills Blvd, cutting north to Federer Place:
I imagine this was a shortcut for kids walking to Carondelet Park, directly across from Holly Hills Blvd.
There are two others in the Kingshighway Hills neighborhood. This one starts on Lindenwood, between Kingshighway and Hereford and extends north through the neighbor:
And then another between Macklind and Brannon. This one runs a longer stretch from Pernod all the way to Chippewa.
I imagine a time when these neighborhoods were teeming with kids and families that were allowed to roam freely in a more innocent time. A time when people would walk to the many intra-neighborhood markets and services and churches.
I'm sure there are many others in the city. Are you aware of any of these cut-throughs in your neck of the woods? If so, let me know, I'd like to walk them.