Did you know that no other city in the United States has as many public staircases as Pittsburgh? More than 700 sets of steps connect communities and give residents vital access to transportation and other amenities. The steps are as much a part of Pittsburgh’s identity as its rivers, bridges, hills, and tunnels.
Pittsburgh has so many steps that they can be taken for granted by those who don’t need them, but an upcoming project is going to give four sets of stairs a makeover and transform them into a work of art. Public staircases in West End, Polish Hill, Fineview and Troy Hill will be getting a makeover as part of “Steps We Take.” This ten day celebration of Pittsburgh’s steps will be led by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Office of Public Art and Bike Pittsburgh. Local artists Bradford Mumpower, H. Gene Thompson, Nina Chase, Danny Bracken, and Erin Anderson will turn the staircases in these neighborhoods into works of art with the goal of raising awareness of Pittsburgh’s steps and fostering civic dialogue. The Steps We Take will begin on October 4th; click here for more information on the project.
Interested in learning more about Pittsburgh’s many staircases? Author Bob Regan has documented their history and use. Whether you want to explore them by climbing or just read about them, Pittsburgh Steps: The Story of the City’s Public Stairways is your go-to book for learning all about our steps.