The Portland Stairs Book

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Portland has 196 public staircases, an irresistible asset to this pedestrian-friendly city. In The Portland Stairs Book, Portland’s walking guru Laura Foster has gathered the best and most interesting in a handy pocket-sized guide.

From Mount Tabor’s epic 282 steps to the glass cupola atop 115 steps in Pioneer Courthouse, The Portland Stairs Book features details on twenty outdoor stairs that have amazing stories and something unique to offer an urban explorer. The stairs ...

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Overview

Portland has 196 public staircases, an irresistible asset to this pedestrian-friendly city. In The Portland Stairs Book, Portland’s walking guru Laura Foster has gathered the best and most interesting in a handy pocket-sized guide.

From Mount Tabor’s epic 282 steps to the glass cupola atop 115 steps in Pioneer Courthouse, The Portland Stairs Book features details on twenty outdoor stairs that have amazing stories and something unique to offer an urban explorer. The stairs include the Willamette River Bridge Stairs, The Westover Terraces Steps, and Rocky Butte’s Grand Staircase. The book also features indoor stairs that are perfect for a rainy Portland day and five Stair Trails that lead readers on urban treks that contain hundreds of steps in five different areas of town.

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If you ever spent even a few hours in Portland, you have probably been introduced to at least a few of the city's 196 public staircases. These pedestrian-friendly "rise-ways" are comprised, we are told, of more than 9,000 steps and, it seems, an almost equal number of stories. Eager climber Laura O. Foster puts readers on an upward path with this offbeat, uplifting guidebook.

Oregonian
“The book is a feast of Portland stair facts and stories…with Foster’s keen eye for quirky detail.”
Portland Monthly
"Thanks to Laura Foster, the author of beloved local guidebooks, Portland Hill Walks and Portland City Walks, the city’s treasure trove of noteworthy staircases are back on display. Foster is known for her firm grasp on Portland’s long forgotten history, much of which we literally step over each day."
SciTech Book News
"An ideal guide, full of fun information."
NeighborhoodNotes.com
“Perfect for urban flaneurs [or] history buffs.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690699
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,392,403
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

As a self-professed forensic pedestrian who honed her craft in Portland, Laura O. Foster writes about Oregon’s urban centers, small towns, and natural areas. With wit and insight, she tells the stories—geologic, architectural, botanical, and arcane—of this topographically diverse and beautiful state.

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