City stairways have been the source of literary inspiration over the years. Here is a sampling of references, admonishments, and enjoyable readings on public paths—in Oakland and beyond. If we missed something, let us know!
Check out the great piece about stairs from Eye on the Bay, featuring Oakland Urban Paths and the Berkeley Path Wanderers. Thanks to Charles Fleming, author of Secret Stairs: East Bay, for sending the TV crew our way!
In the news
- “Oakland’s Lakeshore Avenue stepping out for old fashioned holiday “
by J.M. Brown, The Montclarion, 12/09/10
- “Hiking groups and trail organizations: Trail of 4 Cities”
by Susan Alcorn, SF Hiking Examiner, 10/23/10
- “Walking the Line for Oakland Urban Paths”
by Patsy K. Eagan, OaklandLocal.com, 04/28/10
- “Eyes on the Street: The Ghost Streets of San Francisco”
by Chris Carlsson, www.sf.streetsblog.org, 08/24/09
- “Chronicle Watch Results: Oakland Staircases Reopen”
by Jim Herron Zamora, San Francsico Chronicle, 10/07/07
An Oaklandish piece from the Oakslander Lakeside Gazette, Vol. I
- City blogger asks Oaklanders to “Walk the Walks with Oakland Urban Paths”
On the shelf
- Secret Stairs: East Bay
By Charles Fleming (Santa Monica Press, 2011)
- Hidden Walks in the East Bay & Marin: Pathways, Essays & Yesterdays
by Stephen Altschuler (Great West Books, 2001)
- Stairway Walks in San Francisco
by Adah Bakalinsky (Wilderness Press, 4th Ed., 2001)
- Stairways—Los Angeles
by Virginia Comer (Balcony Press, 2000)
- The Steps of Pittsburgh: Portrait of a City
by Bob Regan, with photos by Tim Fabian (Local History Company, 2004)
- Wanderlust: A History of Walking
by Rebecca Solnit (Penguin, 2000)
And while we’re at it…
The references below are not Oakland-based, but imagine what a few good afternoons on the stairways and paths with a video camera might yield.
Who is ready to do this in Oakland?
And taking some inspiration from…Pittsburgh?! Oh yea!
Ready for your suggestions