Almost everyone has heard about the hills of San Francisco. Many of you have driven or walked up and down them, happily or otherwise. And many of you have discovered some of the many staircases we walk up and down taking us to our destinations, or simply providing exercise and a sense of adventure.
These staircases are scattered in every neighborhood across town, from Telegraph Hill across town to the ocean; in Pacific Heights and in Bernal Heights. I have written before about the Lyon Street stairs, and about some on Russian Hill and in the Eureka Valley.
Entire books have been written about staircases in the City, including perhaps the most famous book of all, Stairway Walks in San Francisco by Adah Bakalinsky. My treasured, well-thumbed copy is old, dating back to 1992, and some of the staircases mentioned here have undergone quite a metamorphosis.
One such is the Moraga Stairway the condition of which, in 1992, caused the author to write, ".....we descend the Moraga Stairway, which at this time is in deplorable condition. The hillsides need a great deal of work, but the view of Golden Gate Park to the ocean is without peer.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining a hike sponsored by the Friends of the Urban Forest, and meeting Adah Bakalinsky as we walked together up the Moraga Stairway and others in the Golden Gate Heights area of town. The Moraga stairway still has a magnificent view, but is no longer in need of attention. Now, thanks to the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhool Association with the spsonsorship of the City it is one of the most gorgeous staircases in town.
Interested in learning more about this beautiful and functional piece of art? Then you'll want to visit the Tiled Steps organization