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18 – portland’s little red book
05.17.2005, 12:02 am
Filed under: art & entertainment

Portland's little red book of stairs : the city's ultimate guide to more than 150 curious and colorful outdoor stairways / Stefana Young ; foreword by Moira Gunn.
Portland, OR : Coobus Press, c1996.
[MCL call number: 721.832 Y76p; four copies, no holds; one copy reference only at Central Library]

Yes, it is a little red book, and it is a guide to the public stairways of our fair city. Young's spiral-bound guidebook walks readers from a central starting point in Pioneer Courthouse Square to about a hundred sets of public steps. The focus of the guide is on west-side stairs (where the hills are!), though the stairs that provide pedestrian access to the Willamette's ten public bridges, and stairs at Mt. Tabor and in the Alameda neighborhood in northeast Portland are also detailed. Each stairway's entry includes the year it was built, the number of steps, addresses at the top and bottom of the stairway, and the Thomas Guide reference point. Notes about what you can see from the steps, why the neighborhood is interesting, and historical information about the stairs are included as well.


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[…] In 1996, local resident Stefana Young self-published a little book named Portland’s Little Red Book of Stairs to document 150 of the more than 165 stairways the City of Portland maintains.. […]

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