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San Franciscans like to boast about their steps and consider them a top tourist attraction, but they "only" have 350 sets. Cincinnatians do the same, but claim a mere 400. Neither have steps that are legal streets. Pittsburgh is clearly King of the Steps and a place beloved by the self-propelled. Whether you're an active step trekker or an armchair climber, The Steps of Pittsburgh should be on your to-do list!
Regan, a geophysicist affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh, moved to town a decade ago and was immediately taken with this unusual link in the local transportation system. Using Geographic Information Systems technology and riding a bicycle up and down Pittsburgh's many hills, he meticulously located and plotted every set of steps in the city over a period of several years. He counted the number, made notes about type, usage, and unique features, and, most happily for us, talked to everyone he encountered along the way from residents to bike police.
The author teamed up with Tim Fabian, a noted Pittsburgh photographer who was quickly infected by Bob's enthusiasm. With encouragement from colleagues, family, and friends, the two have turned a huge amount of data, wonderful human stories, and thousands of photos into The Steps of Pittsburgh, Portrait of a City.
|Publisher:||Local History Company, The|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
Table of ContentsList of Maps, Drawings, and Photos
PART I: From the Ground Up
1. History & Evolution
2. Care and Maintenance
3. Step Survey
PART II: Neighborhood Steps and Walking Tours
5. Steps by Neighborhood
6. North Side
-- Fineview Walking Tour
-- Troy Hill
7. East End
-- Lawrenceville Walking Tour
-- Polish Hill
-- Greenfield and South Oakland
-- Oakland Walking Tour
8. South Side
-- South Side Slopes
-- South Side Slopes Route One Walking Tour
-- South Side Slopes Route Two Walking Tour
9. West End
-- West End Walking Tour
Author and Photographer
What People are Saying About This
Van Dommelen has contributed a fascinating chapter in the
history of American craft with this biography of a gentle visionary
who believed in the power of art to change lives, and devoted his
life to pursuing social justice through 'handicraft'. Eaton's vision
is still very relevant today.
Executive Director, Society for Contemporary Craft
Meticulously researched and documented; combines fun facts
and stories with serious research and beautiful photography.
author of Pittsburgh, An Urban Portrait (1986) and Falingwater Rising (2003)