Eastside stairways in the news

After being neglected, and, in many cases barricaded and fenced off, the public stairways that scale the older hillside neighborhoods of the Eastside are getting more attention. Last year, Eagle Rock resident Bob Inman – hailed by some as a Stairway God – self published A Guide to the Public Stairways of Los Angeles. The book came out only a few months after Silver Lake resident Dan Koeppel lead the first-ever Big Parade across stairways from Echo Park to Hollywood (Big Parade II is scheduled for June). Now, Silver Lake author Charles Fleming joins the fray with the most recent stairway book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles.” Fleming credits long walks on flat ground as well as up and down stairways with helping ease his back problems. Los Angeles Times columnist Silver Lake resident Steve Lopez joined Flemming for a couple of stairway tours and writes about the experience:

“I‘m not going to lie. I felt once or twice like I might keel over,
and I could imagine the paramedics doing Laurel and Hardy one better by losing control of my gurney 350 stairs up an incline. But Fleming went easy on me, and once I caught my breath, it seemed all the more ridiculous that anyone would pay good money to use a fitness center StairMaster when these historic treasures are still around.”

Related stories & links:
How to get in shape in Echo Park. Echo Park Now
Echo Park Stairways. Historic Echo Park

Photo by Anna Majkowska via Flickr


  1. I've been using the steps more and more lately. Yesterday I took it to the next level, taking a walk from my doorstep at the Delta steps all the way to Silverlake, hitting 3 other staircases on the way, doing a lap around the lake before heading home. I feel like a million bucks today, no gym required.Definitely going to stop by Skylight on the way home and snag the new book.

  2. where can one buy this book?

  3. where can one buy the book?

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