Well, apparently the gods of the alleyway read my blog and a few days after I wrote that, they sent out two painters to repaint the wall. (I think the alley gods want to help spruce things up for the baby.)
And just like magic, now I have a view of an alley with a cinder block wall, instead of an alley with a cinder block wall with peeling paint. Fancy! I'm really moving up in the world.