Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles

Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles

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by Charles Fleming
     
 

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Containing walks and detailed maps from throughout the city, Secret Stairs highlights the charms and quirks of a unique feature of the Los Angeles landscape, and chronicles the geographical, architectural, and historical aspects of the city’s staircases, as well as of the neighborhoods in which the steps are located.

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Containing walks and detailed maps from throughout the city, Secret Stairs highlights the charms and quirks of a unique feature of the Los Angeles landscape, and chronicles the geographical, architectural, and historical aspects of the city’s staircases, as well as of the neighborhoods in which the steps are located.

From strolling through the classic La Loma neighborhood in Pasadena to walking the Sunset Junction Loop in Silver Lake, to taking the Beachwood Canyon hike through “Hollywoodland” to enjoying the magnificent ocean views from the Castellammare district in Pacific Palisades, Secret Stairs takes you on a tour of the staircases all across the City of Angels.

The circular walks, rated for duration and difficulty, deliver tales of historic homes and their fascinating inhabitants, bits of unusual local trivia, and stories of the neighborhoods surrounding the stairs. That’s where William Faulkner was living when he wrote the screenplay for To Have and Have Not; that house was designed by Neutra; over there is a Schindler; that’s where Woody Guthrie lived, where Anais Nin died, and where Thelma Todd was murdered . . .

Despite the fact that one of these staircases starred in an Oscar-winning short film—Laurel and Hardy’s The Music Box, from 1932—these civic treasures have been virtually unknown to most of the city’s residents and visitors. Now, Secret Stairs puts these hidden stairways back on the map, while introducing urban hikers to exciting new “trails” all around the city of Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595808783
Publisher:
Santa Monica Press
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author


Charles Fleming is the author of the national bestseller High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, and co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper, A Goomba's Guide to Life, and My Lobotomy. A former staff writer for Newsweek, Variety, and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, and a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, and LA Weekly, Fleming teaches journalism at USC. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Silver Lake, California.

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Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has 42 walks in various part of Los Angeles; each walk has a detailed map. I have done may of the walks and enjoyed them. In some areas, such as Silver Lake and Echo Park, it is hard to believe that you are in the middle of a big city. The book also lists the bus lines to use to get to the walk. (In some cases the buses are quite infrequent, such as the 201 line in Silver Lake, but obviously that is not the fault of the book). The book shows the total number of steps for each walk, but the more important number (to me at least) is steps up. But the book gives a difficulty level for each walk. Highly recommended for outdoor exercise right here in Los Angeles !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to have in your collection. With all the great fact tidbits, and wonderful walking instructions. All the walks are fun and a great way to spend time with the family as well as getting out of the house and enjoying the city we live in. I would highly recommend this book, the walks are good for those who are less experienced all the way to the avid hikers. Check it out!!!!