From The Chicago Tribune:
Q. "Have you ever heard of `Blood Alley'? It's runs parallel to Broadway between Leland and Wilson. It's home to a homeless shelter and a soup kitchen."-- Fred C. Van Buren, Chicago
A. That one-block-long "alley" in Uptown is actually the 4600 block of North Clifton Avenue. It has had the nickname since at least the 1970s, and it's one of the places where the Chicago Recovery Alliance, one of the largest needle-exchange programs in the U.S., operates each week.
Our thanks to "Anita Mandalay" for coming across this interesting tidbit of Uptown history. Seems all the more ironic with the latest shootings.