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Subject:Steepest street in the world?
Time:09:07 pm
keyne tipped me off recently that even though 22nd Street had lost its title, San Francisco had a new contender for the steepest street in the world, a newly paved block of Bradford Street in Bernal Heights.

I happened to walk by it today, and yep, it sure is steep.

Bradford: The steepest street in the world?

I didn't have any measuring implements with me, so I don't know if it really is the steepest in the world, but if my picture is accurate, that segment is about a 33.5% grade, which beats 22nd Street and is in the same ballpark as Baldwin Street in Dunedin.

It's also notable for being a two-way street, since it (currently) has a dead end at the top, so cars manage to get up it as well as down it.
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mactavish
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Time:2010-03-29 04:22 am (UTC)
Oooh, shall have to share this with my friend in Dunedin. :D
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micheinnz
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Time:2010-03-29 04:43 am (UTC)
And thank you for doing so. :)

I live two minutes' walk from the bottom of Baldwin Street. It's really frickin' steep. :)
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Time:2010-03-29 06:25 am (UTC)
Eric, it's great that you went out there to take a look! Your photo tilts a bit from vertical (the buildings, fence, and poles are all leaning to the right), and the camera appears to have been pointing slightly downhill of perpendicular to the slope. Adjusting for those two things, that section might indeed be 40%-plus grade, per the original article (http://www.weathersealed.com/2010/02/04/more-steeps-of-san-francisco/)!
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enf
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Time:2010-03-29 06:35 am (UTC)
You are totally right that this picture is a lousy way to measure the angle! I wish I had had some equipment with me so I could have verified your measurements properly.
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diatom
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Time:2010-03-29 01:59 pm (UTC)
just LOOKING at this picture helped jog my memory for the word "Lombard", which I'd been hunting for on and off for over a week! Thanks!
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enf
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Time:2010-03-29 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry about that! Fixed now.
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