City Stairs Renovation on the North Side

October 15, 2020

October 16, 2020

In 2011 I posted about the City Sidewalk Stairs. And again in July 2018


from July 2018

”Pittsburgh has more public staircases (800+) than any city in the United States. The City’s steps connect communities and provide residents access to transit and other amenities”

A3335182-92FA-4B9B-B167-F089D90FD769Garfield   The Steps to Ft. Pitt School

Sidewalks can be steps, too.


Book by Bob Regan   Photos by Tim Fabian 588B00B2-BDC7-4C68-BE5A-A04539FF0555


Pittsburgh topography requires innovation- how to get from the bottom of a hill to the top.  And in 2010 the snow covered stairs students climbed to Ft. Pitt School.

Author Martin Aurand’s book describes the formation of the topography of Pittsburgh’s hills and valleys. The Spectator and the Topographical City examines Pittsburgh’s built environment as it relates to the city’s unique topography. Martin Aurand explores the conditions present in the natural landscape that led to the creation of architectural forms; man’s response to an unruly terrain of hills, hollows, and rivers. From its origins as a frontier fortification to its heyday of industrial expansion; through eras of City Beautiful planning and urban Renaissance to today’s vision of a green sustainable city; Pittsburgh has offered environmental and architectural experiences unlike any other place.”

8 thoughts on “City Stairs Renovation on the North Side

  1. Wow – who knew?? The stairs in Pittsburgh seem plentiful and part of the beauty In that rolling terrain! Gorgeous place and this post is a nice one to have our in the web

  2. You can see what those steps that are being redone looked like in the photo where you have 4 photos grouped in quadrants. Those steps can be seen in the upper right hand quadrant. I had to go back and forth several times to make sure it was the same house at the top.


  3. This is so interesting, all these steps. I had no idea. I approach all stairways, especially lengthy ones like those you show, with caution. Two falls on steps resulting in a broken shoulder and a broken wrist (requiring surgery) caused me to be much more cautious. And to learn that I should never ever walk on wet wooded steps while wearing flip flops.

  4. Sounds like a fun place to explore for able-bodied people, and a nightmare for people who have mobility issues.

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