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The Steps of Pittsburgh: Portrait of a City

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  9 reviews
One city, 712 sets of steps, 44,645 treads, 24,108 vertical feet. Sort of like climbing Mt. Everest.

With Photos by Tim Fabian.

Many of Pittsburgh's steps are legal streets, and all of them reflect the city's unique topography and history. Together, these 712 sets of steps provide a vital link in the city's transportation system as well as unusual challenges for pedestrian

Paperback, 142 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Local History Co.
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Apr 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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Some of Pittsburgh's streets are only steps. The system developed because of the steep hills all over Pittsburgh... my great-grandfather on visiting my grandfather for the first time there, said you couldn't stand a cow on those hills.

The mills were down in the flats along the rivers and the workers lived in the nearest hills to the flats like in the South Side where my grandmother grew up. The Indian Trail steps used to go up Mt. Washington and spanned more than 700 steps. Now the longest set i
Kelly Lynn Thomas
This really is a portrait of Pittsburgh. I wish the city promoted the steps as a tourist attraction more, because there truly are some awesome views from atop certain staircases. Aside from the fact that Pittsburgh has more steps than any other city in the world (same with bridges)! The only thing this book needs is a fold-out map that shows exact locations of each staircase. It has a small map that fits on one page and shows where they are all, but it's so small as to be unusable for anything o ...more
Minnar Xie
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book for a little bit of history, but mostly my 5-star rating comes from the maps for the walking tours. I did each one and they all come with a lot of happy surprises, like a mysterious dirt path through a park or grassy clearing. Lovely way to enjoy a slow morning. It's an older book, and some of the stairs are closed by now (ie: in the Lawrenceville tour, one of the long ones has large missing sections and is fenced off as closed). A wonderful, easy way to experience and learn abo ...more
Oct 28, 2008 rated it liked it
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Yeah Pittsburgh. The steps look glorious in these photos. The author was a visiting Pitts Profess who rode around to all the streets and documented where all the steps were. I found out that Pittsburgh has 90 neighborhoods. I am going to visit some I have never been to and do the Larryville walking tour. There are lots of maps and some historical photos that are kind of insane. But most people used to walk to work and they lived in the hills and worked on the flats. So it goes.

Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've walked some of these steps and I intend to walk a lot more.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
A great little book about a semi-obscure feature of the city. My favorite part is the bit about how bike cops are trained to ride down the steps, if needed.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
A quick and charming read that really captures one of the charms of Pittsburgh. The black and white photography is gorgeous, and would’ve been even better in a larger edition than the one I read.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
cool topic, excellent research, but not very well written.
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