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Everything You Wanted to Know about LA's Stair Culture

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Every bookstore here has at least three titles about great walking tours of the city ("You can walk in LA!"), but LA Observed reminds us that a new book about the city's stair culture just arrived. Bigwig writer Charles Fleming just put out Secret Stairs, which chronicles 200 sets of historic steps in 42 destinations, including Pasadena's La Loma neighborhood and stairs near the former Red Car loop in Silver Lake--the book says stairs played an important role in transportation when the majority of Angelenos got around without cars (of course, stairs still play a big role in modern LA). Hoping to encourage actual exercise in addition to historical knowledge, the steps are rated for duration and difficulty. [Image of Echo Park's Laveta Stairs by PSMART via Flickr]
· Hidden Staircases of LA [LA Observed]
· Stair Wars: Santa Monica Keeps 'Em Open, Echo Park Locks 'Em Out [Curbed LA]