Echo Park resident and chart genius Alex Pudlin is painstakingly collecting data on all the public stairways of Los Angeles (as seen on Eastsider LA). Pudlin personally walked every single step in Echo Park and Silver Lake, so far, and found more than 2,000 in the former and 4,761 steps in the latter. Besides recording the number of steps, his charts also note the materials of the stairs (and whether or not they are painted with hearts), their lighting, and the number of landings, all important information to take into account when planning to tackle one (or two or three or 15). Pudlin is a stair-counting machine. He's halfway done counting the steps in Los Feliz, and plans to move on to Highland Park's stairs after that.