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Like other hilly cities of its era, Seattle's many neighborhoods are full of staircases for pedestrians. Some are very prominent and broad like this one that leads up from the former Counterbalance street car stop at the top of Queen Anne's south slope. Others are tucked away, connecting upper and lower streets, utilized mainly by immediate neighbors. The woman in this shot is descending, but I saw two people carrying bags of groceries up this stairway yesterday evening. Why pay for a gym membership or an in home stair machine when your daily routines can keep you fit :-). A local architect, Thomas Horton, has documented one neighborhood's stairways and their histories, and has a wonderful Queen Anne Stairways Map available, in which these stairs appear.