Pittsburgh’s 700 Public Stairways with No Visible Means of (Financial) Support

The City of Pittsburgh, PA, a finalist in the third round of the City Accelerator, is focused on finding viable and sustainable ways of funding public infrastructure.
by The City of Pittsburgh | February 16, 2016 AT 10:00 AM
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The City of Pittsburgh, PA is a finalist in the third round of the City Accelerator, which is focused on finding viable and sustainable ways of funding public infrastructure. Your feedback on its story map will inform final selection of the cities.

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What is Pittsburgh proposing?

The city of Pittsburgh is proposing to focus their time in the City Accelerator on developing a finance package and increasing project management capacity to systematically repair hundreds of municipally-owned assets including 700+ sets of public stairways that provide safe passage to main roads and transit. Pittsburgh’s unique topography renders residents, especially low-income residents, dependent on these stairways on a daily basis. Ensuring they are well-lit and in good repair will require some creative thinking, partnerships inside and beyond the municipal government, and consideration of underutilized financing models. The City Accelerator would help top officials in Pittsburgh take a comprehensive planning approach to infrastructure planning and consider opportunities to improve the statutory environment to increase the flow of monetary and management resources to projects.

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Richard Butler

On: 04-12-2016

The City Steps are and can be a great asset.

Mark Egge

On: 04-12-2016

The steps are an unique and treasured part of Pittsburgh!

Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club

On: 03-06-2016

A detailed topographic map was made for use in the Step Trek event. It would be great if more similar events happened that used the interesting terrain that the city has to offer. https://www.flickr.com/photos/105483324@N04/albums/72157658547328988

Rebecca

On: 03-04-2016

I would love to see move events and races centered around the Pittsburgh steps

Corinne

On: 03-02-2016

So needed and is a truly unique infrastructure issue. So many people rely on the steps! Fingers crossed Pgh gets this!!

Kelly

On: 02-29-2016

This seems like a great plan. It will immediately help the working class population of Pittsburgh, but will also add a great walking area for other city residents and visitors. This reminds me of the rails to trails that we have in Dallas. Making the historic stairways useable, safe, and attractive will help the entire city.

L. Bud Santimyer

On: 02-29-2016

Pittsburgh needs money to rebuild and maintain her infrastructure.

Carol Smith

On: 02-26-2016

As a resident of Pittsburgh this is an extremely important issue to remain a very walkable and safe city. Thank you!

Matt

On: 02-26-2016

The stairs are a local civic treasure.

Janet

On: 02-26-2016

So needed with the ravines!

MoeRalph

On: 02-25-2016

Quite the challenge, but the Design-Build-Maintain model may be the best opportunity to achieve the results

pattyb

On: 02-24-2016

Love this idea! Another reason for Pittsburgh to be crowned "Most Interesting City"

Megan M

On: 02-24-2016

such a good idea for a constantly moving city!

Shoshana

On: 02-23-2016

Really interesting idea but does not consider to the issues of the disabled or elderly to use this infrastructure improvement. Equity should be a larger conversation in your proposal.

Kate

On: 02-23-2016

Totally support the revitalization of these assets. They are so useful and are a beautiful part of the city!

Carly

On: 02-23-2016

This is a great idea -- steps/stairs are so often overlooked though they are an important part of a "walkable" place, especially for those who don't live in flat areas of the country!

Larry Calloway

On: 02-23-2016

I grew up in Johnstown, PA and we have these type of stairs in disrepair also, unfortunately. They were helpful, but in Pittsburgh (after living there for a year in the 80's), they seemed to be a more important part of the infrastructure.

Jonathan Huck

On: 02-23-2016

Stairs are a unique asset that add to the diversity of transportation options.

Ben Voytko

On: 02-23-2016

I use these public stairs frequently, and find many of them in various states of disrepair. We need to improve and maintain these resources before they become unusable and need to be replaced at much higher cost or abandoned.

Luke

On: 02-23-2016

Pittsburgh has embraced walking and other alternatives to cars in a big way, and this assistance would return our unique city steps to a truly viable means of traversing our unique geography.

MO

On: 02-23-2016

Keeping unique and vibrant parts of our history, like these stairs, will pay for themselves many times over with tourist revenue and by attracting new residents to our beautiful city!

NP

On: 02-23-2016

Not only are the stairs a part of our culture,, in many cases they are vital to those individuals that do not have personal transportation.

LT

On: 02-23-2016

Pittsburgh needs this!

Lew

On: 02-23-2016

Pittsburgh stairs are part f the city's identity. Part of its culture.

AP

On: 02-23-2016

Steps and facilities are incredibly important to Pittsburgh's heritage, and inventing new ways to better preserve these assets is essential!

Sam Panico

On: 02-22-2016

This is a great idea!

Damian

On: 02-21-2016

This is a great idea to reinvest in the City's infrastructure. Public stairways provide a critical connection for communities, especially for pedestrians. Installing steps that are well-lit and meeting current standards need to be considered as important as maintaining roads and bridges. Equipping the new steps with "runnels" will aid bicyclists in navigating the steps.

Paul

On: 02-21-2016

The steps are an incredible resource definitely in need of maintenance and repair! Anything that makes a city (especially with Pittsburgh's topography) more walkable is invaluable. Loved using them growing up, but definitely learned to be wary of wobbly/crumbling/missing steps and sections blocked by overgrown foliage.

Anne George

On: 02-21-2016

Hello, I think the steps are a unique and vital infrastructure component in Pittsburgh. For exercise, I walk two blocks and I can get a good 10-20 minute climb in for exercise...plus a few more hills after that. It's a great workout. However, I've learned to watch certain steps in need repair, and there are missing railings. We also need to get the goat landscapers in to control the overgrowth. The steps are also a great tourist attraction. European visitors look for trails that our steps could provide. They could be an excellent tourist attraction. Thank you.

S Fennell

On: 02-20-2016

It's inexcusable that something so important to the life of residents has no official source of funding.

Crystal

On: 02-20-2016

Kudos to this program! Exploring Pittsburgh wouldn't be the same without the maintenance of this renewed infrastructure.

Betty

On: 02-20-2016

These steps are an important and necessary asset in Pittsburgh.

Mary

On: 02-20-2016

Getting around in Pittsburgh can be challenging because of its challenging topography. Having the steps in good repair and lighted will be a great service to residents of many of the city's neighborhoods.

Sara

On: 02-19-2016

Pittsburgh's steps offer a valuable combination of history, practicality, and a uniqueness that speaks to the very soul of the city. Let's help preserve and repair the city steps!

Juliette Olshock

On: 02-19-2016

I love our city steps!!

Anonymous

On: 02-19-2016

The Rialto Street City Steps need stabilized and fixed!

Alf Jorgensen

On: 02-19-2016

The city's steps are a unique feature of this beautiful place and need to be maintained, upgraded, and highlighted much better.

Constant Slothrop

On: 02-19-2016

With its dissected physiography, Pittsburgh's stairs are crucial for pedestrian navigability.

Nicolette Pawlowski

On: 02-19-2016

Taking care of these stairs should be a priority. Super important part of the city and its residence.

Paul F

On: 02-19-2016

As a city pedestrian, I can attest to the deteriorating state of a majority of stairways in Pittsburgh. I almost fear the steps will crumble to dust as I ascend or descend them (disclaimer: I have an irrational fear of heights). Pittsburgh should focus on preserving these stairs as a favor to pedestrians and also as a historical endeavor to maintain a sense of old city charm. Empirically, the city has favored improvements for roadways while leaving pedestrian walkways behind. Pittsburgh has discernably altered some of its wayward practices to lock-in a younger population, and improving the stairways represents this positive trend.

Dani

On: 02-19-2016

It would be great to make better use of this infrastructure, which could help improve the physical health of citizens and connect our neighborhoods!

Smokey

On: 02-19-2016

Great city

John Napolitano

On: 02-19-2016

A much needed area of concern and yet for me the greatest is the care of the city's trees, by far its greatest physical asset. recently there's been wanton destruction by developers such as Capitol Walnut, whose creation called Bakery Square II was responsible for the destruction of several dozen fully mature Pin Oaks and a couple of tow hundred year old Sycamores. The trees of this city fall prey to developers and others far too easily. This must be stopped.

DaisyRay

On: 02-19-2016

This is the best proposal from a third-round city because its most important element is a discrete, understandable, urgent and romantic project. Everybody can get excited about Pittsburgh's amazing steps. We shouldn't even have mentioned any other infrastructure--steps are the winning ticket!

PR

On: 02-19-2016

These steps need help!

Skot Jones

On: 02-19-2016

A necessity.

K Barlow

On: 02-19-2016

These stairways represent a unique part of Pittsburgh's history as well as a path toward a stronger future. The city is making efforts to be more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. Better maintenance of these crumbling assets is a step in the right direction. The once-rusting city is now attracting young, active residents and drawing the attention of tourists who discover that Pittsburgh is no longer a dirty, smoky industrial town. I see these stairways as more than mere infrastructure: they strengthen the fabric of the community (as evidenced by community group events such as the South Side Slopes Association's annual Step Trek) and enhance fitness and health.

Andy

On: 02-19-2016

I surveyed steps in Polish Hill last fall, and was amazed at both the poor condition many of the steps were in, and the huge amount of use that they get. People really rely on these steps - not only are they short cuts, but often taking the steps are far safer than taking the alternative sidewalk route that's usually close to speeding cars.

Jackson Bush

On: 02-19-2016

I've done some step surveys, and there is just so much to be done!

Chris

On: 02-19-2016

The city's public stairways are an important piece of Pittsburgh's idiosyncratic charm, but more than that, they're essential infrastructure for anyone navigating the city on foot or using public transportation. We can say much the same for the city's public buildings - they're an important part of the city's history while providing essential services to residents. It's important that we preserve them for both reasons.

Bruce

On: 02-19-2016

City steps are a critical part of getting around, especially for low income residents. Their condition needs to be assessed and maintained.

Erin Tobin

On: 02-19-2016

The stairs all across the city are a wonderful asset that need to be repaired and maintained!

Blythe

On: 02-19-2016

Important focus for ensuring accessibility to all Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

Julia

On: 02-19-2016

Pittsburgh has A LOT going for it, numerous articles state that millennials are looking for; 4) Entrepreneurship and technology, 3) Affordability, (Rated most liveable city numerous times) 2) Cultural Attractions (50% of millennials consider themselves "foodies") 1) Accessibility - 66% of millennials listed public transportation, 86% said it's important to live in a city where living and working doesn't cause them to rely on a car, 49% want to live in a walk-able community. Point being Pittsburgh has nearly everything going for it, however, it's weakest area is that which millennials are most attracted to. (Despite being ranked #9 most walk-able city in the US, Pittsburgh's high ranking in this area is expected to falter.) The steps of Pittsburgh are vital in preserving and improving the future of the city. A city integral to the history of the USA and wildly underrated and overlooked. Renovating these staircases is essential to help bring Pittsburgh back to life.

MLN

On: 02-19-2016

With the steep hills in PGH, if we want to become a more bike & pedestrian friendly city, we need to have our iconic steps well maintained.

Eric

On: 02-19-2016

Educational and relevant/topical.

Gregory Manley

On: 02-19-2016

as Pittsburgh continues to grow, the steps are a wonderful reminder of where it's come from. Like any investment in public transportation, the steps will surely improve quality and accessibility for people of all walks of life.

Alexander Bishop

On: 02-19-2016

The topography of Pittsburgh is challenging to pedestrians, so we need every once of help to make the city more walkable. Stairs are just the tip of the iceberg. The public realm lacks adequate pedestrian space, and much of the new development is disregarding public space in lieu of addition square footage. We need comprehensive planning reform to ensure that our city continues its trajectory of progress.

Paul Bowden

On: 02-19-2016

The city steps are an important way for pedestrians to move between neighborhoods, many of which are on steep hills. They provide a safe, automobile free zone for those on foot, many go through green spaces, which makes them quite pleasant. Many are closed or in disrepair at this time. A project to repair and improve all of them would be a great thing for Pittsburgh"s neighborhoods.

Jim P

On: 02-19-2016

The city stairs are an integral part of what makes Pittsburgh the great city that it is. From the times when they were used daily by mill worker streaming out of the hills to the forges in the valleys below, up to today where people regularly use them to gain access to all of the great amenities and jobs Pittsburgh. Keeping them repaired, clear of snow and debris, and well lit is great for public transportation, jobs and the region's health. Celebrating them will further inspire people more to call the Pittsburgh home.

Mike Flaherty

On: 02-19-2016

The city stairs of our fine town really need some TLC and then ways to continue a sustainable way to continue giving them TLC for always.

Katy

On: 02-19-2016

I use the city steps in my neighborhood almost everyday! I think many people underestimate how many people use them, and many more would use them with upgraded safety features such as energy efficient LED lighting, and of course repair to existing safety features such as missing handrails!

Anonymous

On: 02-19-2016

We need to retain this treasure

Kyle Wetherald

On: 02-19-2016

Since I live at the top of a hill, the public steps are an important part of my neighborhood. They provide access to the bus and to retail and restaurants. Add to that their history and charm, and Pittsburgh's steps become a celebrated part of its infrastructure. I would absolutely love to see more funding for their maintenance to make them feel safer at night and to reopen steps that have fallen into disrepair.

Barbara

On: 02-19-2016

Go Pittsburgh! The stairs are in great need, and a worthy challenge. As a resident for the past 20 years, I am impressed with the professionalism and updated technological infusion that city government has shown under Mayor Peduto. I think we are worthy!

Ryan

On: 02-19-2016

Definitely something which would benefit PGH's residents. The stairways are crumbling, dangerous, and in need of some love.

LB

On: 02-19-2016

This would be a really nice project. There's something very enticing about the staircases of Pittsburgh; they make you want to explore and their existence makes it possible. Some areas definitely need a lot of work, though. In their present state it's easy to get sketched out.

Larry Berger

On: 02-19-2016

Pittsburgh's urban staircases are breathtakingly beautiful and, like its bridges, add to the city's charm and way of life. They are also well-used and an important quality of life factor for the city's children and youth, growing population of young workers who prefer a car-less lifestyle, older residents and people who are unable to afford cars. This is also an incredible opportunity to celebrate architecture, promote fitness and connect city neighborhoods.

Danny

On: 02-19-2016

This is an extremely important focus for such a hilly city and one with an equally old infrastructure.

Caren Swanson

On: 02-19-2016

Pittsburgh is a gorgeous and fascinating city, and a delight to explore on foot. It would be wonderful to see these stairs restored.

Abe Stucky

On: 02-19-2016

I know dozens of people who would benefit from this! Pittsburgh deserves it!

DG

On: 02-19-2016

Pittsburgh can be a great "walking city" with its infrastructure made more sound

Joe

On: 02-19-2016

Can be a great asset for Pittsburgh!

Chris Howden

On: 02-19-2016

Great investment in making Pittsburgh more walkable!

Doug Khorey

On: 02-19-2016

Essential element of this city's identity.

Jan Ban

On: 02-19-2016

Pittsburgh's steps are an integral means of travel around the city and should be kept in good repair.

Elaine

On: 02-19-2016

Oh gosh, the stairs are such a tremendous asset for the city. - Connectivity: Stairs link neighborhoods, connect workers to jobs, stitch the fabric of communities together. - Health and well-being: Stairs provide opportunity for exercise. Just as Pittsburgh has a bike race up the steepest hills, it can make the stairs into a fitness wonderland. Plus, when you use public stairs, you are also outside, which means you can reap the benefits of being out in nature. - Views: Stairs go up. And when you are up high, you can look down. Everyone in Pittsburgh prizes the famous views from Schenley Park Oval and Mt. Washington, but every staircase affords a view. Some are spectacular. - Distinction: Our city is near the very top in the nation for number of city right-of-way stairs. This is a good list to be on, when the competitors are San Francisco and Cincinnati.

D. Davis

On: 02-19-2016

Especially in a time when we all need to get out and walk more, for our health and the environment, Pittsburgh's steps are a treasure that we must preserve and better maintain. I try to spend a few hours maintaining our nearest set of steps (which are concrete) every summer, clearing, cleaning, and trying to keep holes filled where once there were some tree stumps. Would love it if the city were able to stay more on top of the necessary maintenance.

Dan Certo

On: 02-19-2016

The more run down the steps become, the less used they are. They provide a huge amount of mobility to people with little means. When they become broken and uncared for, I have actually seen small groups of rough folks take over and hassle people (especially women) who try to use them. Some of my friends on Mt Washington have even reported people trying to extract a toll to get by them and use the public stairs! HELP US TAKE CARE OF THEM!

Danielle

On: 02-19-2016

The stairs in Pittsburgh are great infrastructure for transportation and they need funding to restore them and keep them safe.

Stacy Marinos

On: 02-19-2016

I lived in San Francisco before moving to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has similar infrastructure and topography to SanFrancisco and wonderful history and diversity to continue to build a rich culture for citizens to live in and businesses to flourish. But it takes a commitment by City government, citizens and businesses to make it happen. Maintaining Zane improving the stairs is a worthwhile step!

Ken holmes

On: 02-19-2016

I walk a lot in the city and appreciate having these step connectors through steep terrain that would otherwise be impossible or much more time consuming. To build this infrastructure today would be financially impossible so it's important to maintain those steps that we have. It will help make Pgh. A truly walkable city.

Robert

On: 02-19-2016

Great! The stairs need help and this is a great way to do it.

Rob Wierzbowski

On: 02-19-2016

Yes! I use them all the time

Bob Inman

On: 02-18-2016

As a big fan and indexer of the public stairways of Los Angeles, I have known that Pittsburgh is the "king" city of US public stairways for years. I included "the Burg" as a major stop on a US vacation in 2011 and spent 2 nights there. I did 5 stairway walk loops over the course of 2 days and had a wonderful time. Yes, the stairways there are a tremendous asset and, yes, many of them need a lot of work. Some of their stairways bridge over gulfs so high up in the air that there are some real safety issues where they are dilapidated. That being said, I found many of them just need minor maintenance. So we are not talking about some task that is too far gone to justify an investment. Let's get 'er done!

Brian Hanrahan

On: 02-18-2016

Save our stairs!

Kieran Moyle

On: 02-18-2016

These vital assets for our city need funding direly! Make Pittsburgh a better place to walk and fund the restoration of the steps!

Lydia Yoder

On: 02-18-2016

I've never been in or lived in another city with such interesting topography! The steps help Pittsburghers traverse that topography on foot. The city steps shorten the walking distance by skipping over switch-backed roads that are much longer. They also take pedestrians off of busy streets and give them a chance to experience the peace of the City's forests. A city that makes walking easier than driving is a healthier, happier, less-polluted city.

Kevin Smay

On: 02-18-2016

These steps are a treasure and a public asset.

Jackie Quinn

On: 02-18-2016

I'm so happy to hear that Pittsburgh is working to save the steps. I love using the steps for exercise. It's a great way to get outdoors and explore this great city.

lcm

On: 02-18-2016

Save the steps! They are a unique part of Pittsburgh's personality and are used for transportation as well as exercise. They are critical connections in Pittsburgh's transportation infrastructure.

Julie Reinhart

On: 02-18-2016

Please help fix our city stairs!

Sara Walfoort

On: 02-18-2016

The City Stairs bring the history of Pittsburgh alive, and are an important contributor to the quirky specialness that is Pittsburgh. With only a very small municipal budget to maintain these viable pedestrian routes, many could fall into disrepair. They are a community asset and should be supported as such!

Mary Burk

On: 02-18-2016

Save the stairs as they can save your health!

Ronald S. Gaydos

On: 02-18-2016

This is another sign that Pittsburgh's new leadership is listening to national and international successes as well as local residents for ideas, articulating their needs, and solutions.

Amanda S

On: 02-18-2016

Revitalizing Pittsburgh's city steps seems like a necessary infrastructure investment for a city of many hills.

Doug Beyerlein

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh's public stairways are a unique city resource that needs protection and continuing maintenance.

Stephan Bontrager

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh's steps knit together many diverse communities that make the city such a special place.

Danny Yabs

On: 02-18-2016

Investment in Pittsburgh stairs is an investment in public transportation, public health, economic development, historic preservation, environmental sustainability and so much more. Striking topography is at the center of what makes our city so special. Let's embrace this, advocate for it, and remake our stairs into the amazing public asset that we know they are.

Janet

On: 02-18-2016

We love our steps! Just to get from place to place, from hilltop to valley, we really love our steps and they need all the help we can get!

Becky B

On: 02-18-2016

The city's stair system provides not only access to work, leisure and necessities of daily living, but also functional exercise. They are in desperate need of maintenance and improved lighting.

Matt

On: 02-18-2016

The steps are an integral part of our history, our present and our future. They ABSOLUTELY deserve our attention and funding.

Rich Pagnotta

On: 02-18-2016

I use the steps on the Southside and support this idea

David Smith

On: 02-18-2016

Alternative transportation, including walking, cycling, etc., is key to the revitalization of urban spaces. Pittsburgh is taking a good approach to contend with this issue.

Peggy

On: 02-18-2016

With more sets of CitySteps (some that are actually streets) than any other city in the United States (more than double that of either San Francisco or Cincinnati - the closest competitors) the need for repair and upkeep of this very important aspect of Pittsburgh's unique transportation infra-structure is immeasurable. Please vote for funding this endeavor.

Shelly

On: 02-18-2016

The steps are a great way to get around and to see the wonderful views Pittsburgh has to offer. Let's make them safe!

Clay

On: 02-18-2016

Great steps!!

Patty

On: 02-18-2016

The city of Pittsburgh has many hills and steps. It's an important means of traversing the city for many people. Some of the stairways are greatly in need of repair. We need to keep our residents safe. Please help.

Eric Probola

On: 02-18-2016

This is a great proposal. Pittsburgh's stairs are an essential part of Pittsburgh's identity and transportation infrastructure.

Deb Smit

On: 02-18-2016

One of the coolest and most unique aspects of our city's landscape are our rolling hills and the stairs that connect our neighborhoods. It's an important part of our history.

Rebekkah Ranallo

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh steps provide an essential connection for residents to access other neighborhoods, transit, bike/ped trails, and more. They are a major part of our infrastructure. Investment in them could make a huge difference for the health of the city as a whole.

Shawn

On: 02-18-2016

Has anyone considered bioconcrete? http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/14/tech/bioconcrete-delft-jonkers/ - not sure if it is available in the US yet?

Riley Baker

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh city steps are a public asset that encourage health and well being as well as an alternative way to experience the city

Jessica Slean

On: 02-18-2016

I love this! I take these steps every day and they continue to fall into disrepair. I'm also an advocate for Pittsburgh and my hilly neighborhood, and these are one of golden community assets.

JC

On: 02-18-2016

This a great, much needed program. I use the stairs all the time, as do my mentees, neighbors, friends... Pittsburgh needs its stairs and needs them fixed

Nick Ross

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh's hilltop neighborhoods have historically relied on steps as infrastructure, but decades of disinvestment have left too many in unsafe condition to be useful. Restoring these connections will play an important role in rebuilding the walkable neighborhoods many now seek, and in turn assist in revitalizing these neighborhoods that have struggled to recover.

Steve H.

On: 02-18-2016

There are some houses in the city of Pittsburgh that are ONLY accessible through use of public city steps

Liz Barentine

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh stairs are one of the things that make our community unique and beautiful, please help us support their upkeep!

Karen Hannon

On: 02-18-2016

my mother in law always told me that you could tell someone was from pittsburgh by the definition of their calf muscles! We are proud that so many places we go involve some sort of climb and adventure. I remember working at Pitt and climbing one huge staircase, that led to another huge staircase, that led to yet another huge staircase. Let's keep these healthy routes of transportation open and accessible for years to come. See you at the top!

Anne

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh's city steps are not only an important character asset in many neighborhoods, but serve as connectivity for people where roads or allies are not practical.

Zeba A

On: 02-18-2016

The stairways are an essential part of navigating Pittsburgh's hilly terrain, both for current pedestrians and in the past 200 years. Not only is it important to repair the existing staircases, but it is also important to set up systems to ensure that they are frequently cared for (when it snows, for example). In addition, adding signage or holding events to recognize their historical significance in each neighborhood could be really cool.

Ted Zellers

On: 02-18-2016

Staircases provide vital routes for people to get to their jobs, neighbors, stores, and bus stops. I once lived on a "road" that was entirely a staircase and provided the only access to my home. There are many other stairs-only houses scattered around the city. Even for houses on roads, these steps often mean the difference between being able to walk and having to drive-- and we all know the financial, environmental, and safety burdens that driving creates. Some stairs are made of wood, and it is advisable to go only one person at a time. Others lean at concerning angles and have missing treads. Some have missing railings which have been replaced with garden hose by neighbors. Others have closed and may never reopen. There are still steps in the city that you won't find on any map. This important part of our transportation system has been noted for its beauty and potential as a tourist attraction in Bob Regan's "The Steps of Pittsburgh", an excellent read for anyone interested in cities, walking, or Pittsburgh. Save Our Steps!

Linda McCollester

On: 02-18-2016

These steps are just another historical artifact that makes Pittsburgh a unique city with deep architectural history. It would be a shame to loose these steps to lack of funding.

Jody Davin

On: 02-18-2016

The city steps are a really awesome way to get those trimmed, toned and shredded glutes and calves that you have been working towards with your new Gazelle Freestyle, Gazelle Edge or your Gazelle Extreme. Tony Little and his pony tail have nothing on these steps. These stairs provide a wonderful opportunity to traverse the interesting topography within Pittsburgh.

Nathan Deron

On: 02-18-2016

These staircases are invaluable to the vibrancy of the city, especially for those who do not own/cannot afford a car.

Willard Bruce

On: 02-18-2016

These stair cases are unique and many of them provide vital connections to/from neighborhoods, transit, etc. Without a funding and prioritization mechanism to repair these steps, Pittsburgh will lose one truly unique aspect of the City.

Stuart Strickland

On: 02-18-2016

Please help make it possible NOT to use a car to get around. We could rebuild hundreds of these steps for the cost of a single suburban intersection rebuild.

Andrew

On: 02-18-2016

The city steps are one of Pittsburgh's defining features and a vital connection for neighborhoods that, due to topography, don't have pedestrian access out of their neighborhood otherwise and are the main way for those without a car in those neighborhoods to go to the bus stop, the store, etc.

Richard Meritzer

On: 02-18-2016

City steps are a key component of the Pedestrian network.

Anonymous

On: 02-18-2016

Presentation was beautiful and concise. All public spaces are important for safe and happy citizens.

Carolyn

On: 02-18-2016

The stairs are important. They encourage people to get out and walk. They connect neighborhoods. They help make Pittsburgh the liveable city it is.

Bob Builder

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh Rox.

Kevin

On: 02-18-2016

The stairs are not only unique but functional. The provide a green alternative to getting around the neighborhood.

Andrea Dearolf

On: 02-18-2016

Well thought out, honest, right on point and needed

JenG

On: 02-18-2016

The stairs are unique to our city and crucial to connectivity. They make neighborhoods more walkable and therefore more desirable.

Helen Ewing

On: 02-18-2016

Our public stairways are critical to connecting our neighborhoods and connecting residents to transportation, employment opportunities, parks, and other amenities.

Deana Munoz

On: 02-18-2016

The stairs around Pittsburgh are great, connecting you to neighborhoods you might not explore otherwise. Making sure they continue to function safely for all is a great idea!

Anonymous

On: 02-18-2016

The public steps are a treasure of Pittsburgh's history. They link so many residents that live on steep, narrow streets to the bus routes below. They are vital for many who have no car, can't drive a car, etc. During snowstorms they let people get around without cars, making things safer for everyone. Beautiful, functional, historical...please fund this request!

RC

On: 02-18-2016

Truly a unique asset of the city. Well worth improving and preserving. Unquestionably they're a strong high end (eco) tourist draw as well as critical to local mobility. Lighting all stairways, sustainably, should be relatively simple and inexpensive. Many stairways have lasted >70 years with little or no maintenance, similar quality should be expected in any rebuild. Seasonal maintenance could be undertaken by neighborhood improvement non-profits with a similar funding model to clean roadside sponsorship by private business.

Louis Takacs

On: 02-18-2016

Crucial to bringing a diversity of neighborhoods into Pittsburgh's revival.

Shawn

On: 02-18-2016

When visiting the city I love to explore on foot and see all the wonderful oddities the landscape and architecture has to offer. Not to mention it is great exercise.

Adam

On: 02-18-2016

The steps and sidewalks are my main mode of transportation. Niche architecture, great views, and useful too.

Elizabeth

On: 02-18-2016

This is incredibly important to Pittsburgh. Incredibly important.

Kathy Risko

On: 02-18-2016

The stairs throughout the urban core of Pittsburgh are a node to our history as a steel giant. As we look to the future it is important to consider our past. They deserve saving for future generations.

Brian

On: 02-18-2016

The aging infrastructure of a bygone era of steel mill workers without other modes of transportation is a commodity that can stimulate healthier living, reduced carbon emissions, and a unique neighborhood experience that no other city can offer. Bravo!

Michelle Ried

On: 02-18-2016

The stairs are both useful and historical. They are a *must* for locals who use them daily and a *must see* for tourists. Better maintained stairs means a safer commute for residents and a better tourist attraction for visitors! Give Pittsburgh's stairs the renovations they need!

Katie

On: 02-18-2016

The city steps are beautiful and absolutely essential for people who commute and travel by foot, bus, and bike to connect all the hills that make up our neighborhoods. For some neighborhoods that are lacking in access to grocery stores and other types of businesses, city steps represent a completely vital connection, where otherwise the way around would not be within a walkable distance. We already have a great example of how good these stairs can look in the Southside on 18th St. where they've been lit from underneath the tread of each step and even with their super steep pitch, make you feel invited to climb them. Crossing my fingers that this project is funded!! The possibilities for what a beautiful asset these stairs could be are amazing!!

Allison

On: 02-18-2016

Much of this infrastructure already exists and is part of Pittsburgh's "steeler" history. I would love to see it revitalized or restored.

Mark Pobocik

On: 02-18-2016

Support green transportation and health. Maintain these stairways to heaven.

kate

On: 02-18-2016

this is a great and necessary plan.

Rob

On: 02-18-2016

These stairs are not only a part of our history, but could help us to continue reinvigorating the city by making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access different areas while staying off of the main roads.

Martha Riecks

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh's steps are an awesome piece of living history that provide vital pedestrian connections to homes, schools, workplaces and transit lines - throughout our hilly neighborhoods!

Suzi

On: 02-18-2016

The stairs are so important!

Peter

On: 02-18-2016

Save the stairs!

Luke Tuomala

On: 02-18-2016

The city needs these steps as a form of public transportation because of Pittsburgh's unique topography. I hope this project continues.

Pauline

On: 02-18-2016

A stitch in time saves nine, and as these are historical, practical, and in some cases quite necessary it makes sense to work on repairing and updating them sooner rather than later. Pittsburgh has so many great attractions, and these stairs can absolutely be part of that collection.

Niki Penberg

On: 02-18-2016

These steps are historically and culturally significant, they provide yet another unique attraction for this city, they are a boost to our car-free and healthy lifestyle initiative, and they offer some of the most spectacular views I've ever seen. History tours, walking tours.... they could be such an asset, if only they were safe and better maintained. Not to mention, residents *use* and *need* these stairs, many of which have become so unsafe as to be almost unusable. As I've surveyed and explored the steps and posted my photos online, more and more of my friends got interested in them, asked questions, and asked to join me: It was incredible to see so many 20-and 30-somethings discovering (and rediscovering) Pittsburgh on these unique and amazing walks! I hope this project can become a reality: It would be a shame and a waste to let this piece of Pittsburgh culture fall apart.

Clark Noone

On: 02-18-2016

This plan figures to protect and breath new life into one of Pittsburgh's signature public assets, a unique part of the physical and cultural landscape of the city.

Scott Bricker

On: 02-18-2016

Our steps make this city unique by adding a real sense of place, and they fill the most primary and practical mobility need. Our steps are critical to Pittsburgh's future, and they deserve investment.

Josh Rolon

On: 02-18-2016

Stairways are very much part of Pittsburgh's DNA. As a city with one of the highest rates of walking to work in the nation, many rely on pedestrian infrastructure that is reaching the end of its usefulness. Pittsburghers also have a deep connection to these steps and you can see the love that many people have for them in various events and even a book that are centered on stairways.

Dan

On: 02-18-2016

As a former resident of Pittsburgh, I have used many of these stairs in my childhood. They are an essential part of the city's history and local color.

Meesh

On: 02-18-2016

Having resided in a handful of Pgh neighborhoods over the past 9 years, I can attest that these stairs and similar infrastructure are found throughout the city and in need of some love. As an avid walker, I have utilized these features and find them quirky, charming, but ultimately function-driven. It would be so great to invest in Pittsburgh's walkability and safety. It's a city on the rise!

Mahnt Warshington John

On: 02-18-2016

The public stairs of Pittsburgh provide essential access to the car-free 29% of city households. The green valley walls that give Pittsburgh its beautiful and distinctive scenery would pose a serious obstacle to walking if not for these stairs. They constitute many things- a superlative sum, a charming signature, vital infrastructure- but in their current state they are just another eroding piece of yesterday's Pittsburgh. Viva Vinecliffe Street!

John Rudiak

On: 02-18-2016

Forget the Stairmaster which gets you nowhere. Climb the steps of Pittsburgh, see new neighborhoods, see new vistas, and enjoy the view. It's breathtaking for body and eyes.

Jen Porter

On: 02-18-2016

Up the steps!

JFK Democrat

On: 02-18-2016

Pittsburgh is one Big Rat Hole. The Neighborhoods are so crime filled that you cant even go out at night in 85% of the areas. The City Council and Mayor have brought in so much section 8 housing that its shocking to find a Person that works or owns their own home in the City. Its becoming Detroit of the East Coast.

Jess Muscaro

On: 02-18-2016

I love our dynamic landscape in Pittsburgh, it gives us so much charm, and the views!! Even though it's complicated to get around because of the geography, we need an alternative to driving. For many folks, city stairs are the best way to get to or from work/home; for others, they are a great way to get in shape. I love having so many stairs in my neighborhood on the north side, I just wish I felt safe on all of them. I fully support their upkeep, public safety is at risk.

Tony Ceoffe

On: 02-18-2016

As the City of Pittsburgh continues to embrace and encourage walkable neighborhoods, it is imperative that we bring attention to one of our most important assets- the over 700 sets of "City Steps" throughout the city. A prime example are the stairways that connect Polish Hill to Lawrenceville, the Hill District, and the Strip. For many residents, this is the primary means of access to local business districts, jobs, and medical providers. The City Accelerator could become a valuable tool that affords Pittsburgh the opportunity to restore, maintain and enhance this vital part of our local infrastructure.

Stephen O'Brion

On: 02-18-2016

The staircases throughout our City are an amazing asset that are utilized daily by people from so many different walks of life. Restoring the full capacity of the stairs is a priority for the City, especially using funding sources such as this.

Natalia Rudiak

On: 02-18-2016

Any stranger who has driven through our town has had the head-scratching experience of their GPS telling them to drive up or down our city steps. Welcome to Pittsburgh. Our topography has forced creative work-arounds to create the walkable communities that we enjoy, and our system of city steps is a completely unique yet integral part of why we love our city so much. I'm not sure any city can define "multi-modal" this broadly. But like any other aging city, our infrastructure is aging and we need a comprehensive approach to fix the steps that have fallen into disrepair, helping people to get to transit stops, schools, jobs, the store, and the doctor. Depending on where one lives, city steps can be the key to getting from Point A to Point B and we need an investment plan to restore this important asset.

Anonymous

On: 02-18-2016

Step repair and winter maintenance would go far to improving the quality of life for those who depend on their usage to get to and from school/work. In a place where sidewalks are used as off street parking, having the steps safely available is critical.

Carly Cottone

On: 02-18-2016

I use steps in the city daily, and have encountered many scary and hazardous staircases around town! Many people, especially those who rely on public transportation, walking, and biking, should be able to use these steps without fear of being injured. We spend enormous amounts of money on road work and repairs (which, yes, are also needed), but we also need to fund non-roadway transportation infrastructure!

Breen Masciotra

On: 02-18-2016

This is a unique and important problem to solve. Other systems, such as transit, rely on this kind of connecting infrastructure.

James Ferguson

On: 02-17-2016

The grass-roots level organization that it took to map these stairs is ongoing. So many depend on these stairs on a daily basis. The city used to have the stairs and streetcars to help with the varied topography of the city. Streetcars gave way to personal automobiles, but not everyone has access to one.

Martin D

On: 02-17-2016

We need to figure out the use/demand of these steps and fix accordingly. Let's not fix stairs that get very little use until all the others are done. Glad to see that the city is being run by responsible adults now.

Maryellen Hayden (Deckard)

On: 02-17-2016

This is exciting, I remember the first neighborhood struggle at Beltzhoover ACORN was the fight to fix the Haberman Street Steps. We lost. Guy Costa decided to put a sign on them that said "Steps Closed." Of course, the residents still needed to use them to get to the junction, so they never stopped trying to get the steps fixed. Now they will be fixed!

Tom Mangan

On: 02-17-2016

Definitely worthwhile. A few thoughts... - Consider something similar to the Adopt a Highway program. - Consider solar lighting. - Construct/repair using a design that enables snow to melt on its own or fall through so the stairs are always clear. - Consider a solar surface that causes ice to melt on its own. - As stairs are replaced, create a design that includes a bike path - not feasible in every location, but definitely feasible in some.

Chris

On: 02-17-2016

These stairs are important city landmarks, but have fallen into serious disrepair.

Ashley Falkowski

On: 02-17-2016

The steps could certainly use some love!

JI Swiderski

On: 02-17-2016

Maintenance of city-owned steps (and sidewalks in general) is critical to once again being a city where private automobile ownership is not a requirement for participation in public life.

Duncan Henricks

On: 02-17-2016

Our stairs are seeing more use than they've seen in decades and they remain critical piece of pedestrian infrastructure. They allow important connection within our community that is challenged with extreme terrain. It is time to reinvest in our stairs and all pedestrian infrastructure that has been neglected for far too long.

JS

On: 02-17-2016

I relied on the city steps to get me to and from work every day as a kid. Love these steps as a unique feature of my hometown and would love to see them updated to become a valuable asset to the city

J.L.

On: 02-17-2016

I use these steps every day and their current state of disrepair is dangerous and an eyesore. However, they are an amazing asset for the City as they provides means of easy access to places that otherwise would have none and provide for new adventures and awesome views of the City. I would love to see the City's steps get treated with the respect they deserve!

Ben

On: 02-17-2016

It's really what makes Pittsburgh unique.

City Step Walker

On: 02-17-2016

I walk the steps of Pittsburgh every day- it's an amazing experience to utilize such historic means of transportation in traversing the inclines and declines around this city. As a foot commuter in an urban atmosphere, I would love to see these historic means of transportation built up and celebrated as a part of this project.

A Step Supporter

On: 02-17-2016

Pittsburgh's hilltop communities were developed before the postwar boom in car ownership, and they simply cannot be successful unless the residents can walk to their destination -- or walk to transit. They are a crucial part of the fabric of these neighborhoods today. And they will only become more important in the future, especially if the region is to get any younger or more vital. Besides, the best views of the city can be seen from these steps. We can't afford to throw that away.

Jay Anderko

On: 02-17-2016

After years of population decline, shrinking tax rolls and financial distress, Pittsburgh is on the rise again. Decades of neglect are being addressed to ensure a vibrant growing future. There are many stairs in the city. Some of them are even considered streets with names. That points to the popularity of them and the necessity to revitalize this important piece of infrastructure.

Historical City Steps

On: 02-17-2016

Built originally to help the workers down to the factories, these steps are once again coming into their spotlight as younger generations move away from a car culture. Walkable neighborhoods, safe routes, and views of the city skyscape are in high demand.

Linda Laster

On: 02-17-2016

Steps do need repaired & maintained. Any possibility of solar lighting/trees? Will also need to manage vegetation there. Nothing like a vine wrapping around ur legs. :-)