Unique Streets Walked: 25
Miles Walked: 2.73
Street Names: Broadway, Hampshire, Methyl, Parody, Rutherford, Goldstrom, Banksville, Coast, Canton, Napoleon, Alverado, Belasco, Cagwin, Shiras, Bensonia, Neeld, Los Angeles, Vodeli, Palm Beach, Crosby, Pauline, Catalpa, Realty, Tonapah, Fallowfield
Beechview is a sight to see. Think about the steepest street you’ve ever seen and then imagine a neighborhood made up of that street. In Beechview, there are step sidewalks. Driving up Boustead for the first time you have the fear that your car will actually start somersaulting backwards, front over back. Beechview is actually home to Canton Avenue, the steepest street in the United States.
I had been looking forward to tackling some of these streets but it turns out I picked the absolute wrong day to do it. When I started my walk it was overcast and chilly, but that’s typical and fine walking weather. I made my way down to Banksville so I could walk up some of the steeper streets and it started to snow. I didn’t remember hearing about any snow in the forecast.
I got to Canton from Coast and at this point, the snow was accumulating. Snow on the ground is not good when you have to go up a huge hill to get to your car. Did I mention that Canton is measured at a 37% grade? Oh, it’s also made of brick.
I walked up Canton and the roads were getting slippy. I was glad there were stairs because they had a railing I could use when I started slipping. I went up Napoleon and decided to go down Alverado to get to the Belasco stairs on the other side of Coast. There was no sidewalk so I tried to stick to the edge of grass in people’s yards since it provided more traction. I got to a driveway and wiped out. The fall happened in slow motion and I was relatively unscathed. Luckily I fell on my side instead of backwards where I could have potentially hit my head.
With more of a bruised ego than body, I carefully made my way down the hill to find another set of sidewalk steps. The snow was beginning to slow but the damage was done. There was about an inch of snow on the ground and this did not make walking the steepest neighborhood in Pittsburgh easy.This is when it got windy. Garbage cans flew everywhere. Luckily most of the garbage collection had already happened but that meant the cans were empty and could fly free.
I crossed Broadway and tackled some streets on the other side. I saw a sad pizza on the ground that looked like someone was recently nibbling on it. There was probably a Midnight raccoon pizza party.
The sun came out but the wind kept blowing. Snow that had just fallen was whisked away to form a drift somewhere. Where people had walked, only their footprints remained.
I decided to warm up with some tea at the newest location of Muddy Cup Coffee Shop on the corner of Broadway and Hampshire. Yum!