Urban Stairs of the Bay Area

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Snaking up and down the steep hills of the Bay Area are staircases serving as short-cuts and hidden passageways from one street to the next. There are more than 1,000 public staircases and paved paths in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. We discuss the charm and history of these paths, and the neighborhoods they're found in. Where are your favorite urban stairways?


Adah Bakalinksy, author of "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"

Charles Fleming, author of "Secret Stairs East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland"

Colleen Neff, president of Berkeley Path Wanderers, a community group dedicated to the creation, preservation and restoration of the public paths, steps and walkways of Berkeley