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2013-08-08 07:16:26 PM  
I am sorry Manizales, Colombia beats them, as do many cities located in the Andes.
 
2013-08-08 07:16:43 PM  
Fun fact: the reason for SF's iconic cable cars is that the streets were too steep for horses.
 
2013-08-08 07:29:46 PM  

theflatline: I am sorry Manizales, Colombia beats them, as do many cities located in the Andes.


Colombia.
 
2013-08-08 07:41:10 PM  
runwayhippie.com
 
2013-08-08 07:52:06 PM  
I had vertigo for 48 hours a few weeks ago. I had it for 16 hours a couple months back.

If there is a hell, it is vertigo. The world becomes a much smaller place.
 
2013-08-08 08:03:54 PM  
I'm not a mechanimaton, but isn't parking at angles like that really bad for your car?
 
2013-08-08 08:24:29 PM  

sure haven't: I'm not a mechanimaton, but isn't parking at angles like that really bad for your car?


I'mma guess, no, not unless you leave it like that for a very long time. Is kinda weird, though. I'd be more concerned of . . . inquisitive and malicious person trying to see if they could roll it.

/dominos!
 
2013-08-08 08:31:58 PM  
Seems like door dings would be pretty common.
 
2013-08-08 08:51:59 PM  

sure haven't: I'm not a mechanimaton, but isn't parking at angles like that really bad for your car?


I was thinking that too, seems like it would wear out your springs if you did it enough.  Probably alright as long as you alternate the directions.
 
2013-08-08 09:00:32 PM  

MrEricSir: Fun fact: the reason for SF's iconic cable cars is that the streets were too steep for horses.


Horses are pussies.
 
2013-08-08 09:02:09 PM  
Seattle has some really crazy steep streets, too, but not THAT crazy. Most of downtown was "flattened" in the late 1800s.
 
2013-08-08 09:11:33 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Seattle has some really crazy steep streets, too, but not THAT crazy. Most of downtown was "flattened" in the late 1800s.


While nowhere near the same scale as the flattening of Seattle, in SF there's a neighborhood that was also flattened in the 19th century. Strangely, the neighborhood is still called "Rincon Hill" despite the hill being long gone.
 
2013-08-08 09:15:37 PM  
Huh, I'd assumed all the houses leaned to the left.  Way to the left.

/cool photos.
 
2013-08-08 09:18:18 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Seattle has some really crazy steep streets, too, but not THAT crazy.


From that article:
"Drive downhill along the inside edge of the turn, and your car will briefly tilt at an astounding 37% grade. Hubba hubba!

Congratulations, Prentiss Street between Chapman and Powhattan, for you have officially earned the title of San Francisco's Steepest.
Steep enough that Google's Street View Car didn't map it out. http://goo.gl/maps/lt1of.
 
2013-08-08 09:24:24 PM  

sure haven't: I'm not a mechanimaton, but isn't parking at angles like that really bad for your car?


What's really bad is reversing into a parking space on a street like that. Uphill. With a manual transmission. I heard a frightening groan, smelled something burning, and my car has never quite been the same.

Probably the worst hill in the city is Filbert St. heading east. This is two blocks away from Lombard St., the crazy curvy street you've seen on postcards. Filbert, however, is straight down, like the peak of the world's highest rollercoaster.
 
2013-08-08 09:32:30 PM  

Cream of Meat: MrEricSir: Fun fact: the reason for SF's iconic cable cars is that the streets were too steep for horses.

Horses are pussies.


0.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com
 
2013-08-08 09:38:25 PM  
As a SF native, of nob hill, I attribute my massive calf muscles to my native environment.
 
2013-08-08 09:43:02 PM  

Confabulat: I had vertigo for 48 hours a few weeks ago. I had it for 16 hours a couple months back.

If there is a hell, it is vertigo. The world becomes a much smaller place.


Lower your salt, caffeine and alcohol intake. Try to reduce your stress levels and exercice more.

I know it sucks to have to lead the life of a nun, but according to my wife, who had daily vertigo attacks for 5 months after the birth of my our daughter, considering the alternatives, it's a small price to pay
 
2013-08-08 09:57:01 PM  
Those pictures can be replicated on flat ground in the Marina District whenever there's a big earthquake.
 
2013-08-08 10:17:56 PM  

Flab: Lower your salt, caffeine and alcohol intake. Try to reduce your stress levels and exercice more.

I know it sucks to have to lead the life of a nun, but according to my wife, who had daily vertigo attacks for 5 months after the birth of my our daughter, considering the alternatives, it's a small price to pay


Yeah I try to keep things in moderation but sometimes I spin out of control. The vertigo makes me pay though. Oh god how it makes me pay. I'd take a dozen vodka sicks for a week over an hour of that hell.
 
2013-08-08 10:21:04 PM  
Los Angeles has hills and mountains in the city limits.

I never tried the Fargo Street hill climb. I should have when I lived there.

www.echoparknow.com
 
2013-08-08 11:33:13 PM  
For the roads too steep for Google and such - how did they pave them?  Winch the paver down the hill and hope it comes out okay on the first pass?
 
2013-08-08 11:45:31 PM  
Vertigo isn't so bad when you go for Midge.  It's when you go after Madeleine that it really sucks.
 
2013-08-09 01:40:22 AM  

Confabulat: I had vertigo for 48 hours a few weeks ago. I had it for 16 hours a couple months back.

If there is a hell, it is vertigo. The world becomes a much smaller place.


i had this around 10 years ago. would feel like i was spinning over backwards sometimes. when it began it was usually for just a few minutes, but after a few weeks it started happening several times a day and lasting up to an hour or more.

i went to the doc and they sent me to do some basic neurological and balance testing but it turned out i just had a big clump of stuck earwax that was irritating my inner ear, where the balance magic happens. about 15 seconds scraping around in there by the ETN and theproblems disappeared immediately.
 
2013-08-09 02:06:37 AM  

ImpendingCynic: sure haven't: I'm not a mechanimaton, but isn't parking at angles like that really bad for your car?

What's really bad is reversing into a parking space on a street like that. Uphill. With a manual transmission. I heard a frightening groan, smelled something burning, and my car has never quite been the same.

Probably the worst hill in the city is Filbert St. heading east. This is two blocks away from Lombard St., the crazy curvy street you've seen on postcards. Filbert, however, is straight down, like the peak of the world's highest rollercoaster.


Ain't nothing like she smell of a burning clutch.
Been there, done that.
 
2013-08-09 02:33:41 AM  

smells_like_meat: As a SF native, of nob hill, I attribute my massive calf muscles to my native environment.


You can always tell a SF native by their walk. They walk like the "keep on trucking" guy ftom tshirts in the 70's...... Always kind of leaning back......
 
2013-08-09 03:44:36 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: I'd be more concerned of . . . inquisitive and malicious person trying to see if they could roll it.


Hell, why try and roll it when you can just let it go down the hill?

Reminds me of a scene in Youth in Revolt and I'm surprised that no one has mimicked it (well maybe they have and I just never heard about it)

/for those that intend on doing it, the camper with "God's Perfect Asshole" spray painted on the side is a must.
 
2013-08-09 03:50:25 AM  
img1.fark.net

ASS-Fist? Really?
 
2013-08-09 07:49:31 AM  
It's kind of sad that using an Instagram filter is obligatory now.

Although, that ubiquity may also spell the beginning of Instagram's decline.
 
2013-08-09 08:29:06 AM  
sensesofcinema.com
 
2013-08-09 09:56:10 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Mike Chewbacca: Seattle has some really crazy steep streets, too, but not THAT crazy.

From that article:
"Drive downhill along the inside edge of the turn, and your car will briefly tilt at an astounding 37% grade. Hubba hubba!

Congratulations, Prentiss Street between Chapman and Powhattan, for you have officially earned the title of San Francisco's Steepest.Steep enough that Google's Street View Car didn't map it out. http://goo.gl/maps/lt1of.


Article is BS, as Prentiss (like a few other streets in Bernal) isn't officially accepted by the City. The steepest streets on the City Engineer's books are Filbert St. on Telegraph Hill (see Impending Cynic's comment above) and 22nd St in my neck of the woods, both with grades of 31%.
 
2013-08-09 10:09:37 AM  
ArcadianRefugee: I'd be more concerned of . . . inquisitive and malicious person trying to see if they could roll it.

Not an issue if you properly curb your wheels and use your parking brake.  Facing downwards?  Turn you wheels to the right.  Facing upwards?  Turn 'em to the left.  The curb acts as a wheel chock.
 
2013-08-09 10:46:57 AM  

Confabulat: I had vertigo for 48 hours a few weeks ago. I had it for 16 hours a couple months back.

If there is a hell, it is vertigo. The world becomes a much smaller place.


Here's a fun one.... A few years ago I went on a road trip through Nevada, ran into a HUGE dust storm and came back with what I could best call a sinus infection. I spent a week where even sitting up in bed was too much. I couldn't stop my head from spinning. A full week.Too dizzy to even sit upright, I still get occasional days like that, but nothing as bad as that week.
 
2013-08-09 11:56:24 AM  

Bane of Broone: Cream of Meat: MrEricSir: Fun fact: the reason for SF's iconic cable cars is that the streets were too steep for horses.

Horses are pussies.

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Yes, if Skyrim has taught me anything, it's that horses can climb vertical surfaces... Makes the game kinda fun.
 
2013-08-09 12:05:32 PM  

Bung_Howdy: [runwayhippie.com image 606x960]


Inspiration for the Christopher Walken video?
 
2013-08-09 01:20:06 PM  

LibertyHiller: ArcadianRefugee: Mike Chewbacca: Seattle has some really crazy steep streets, too, but not THAT crazy.

From that article:
"Drive downhill along the inside edge of the turn, and your car will briefly tilt at an astounding 37% grade. Hubba hubba!

Congratulations, Prentiss Street between Chapman and Powhattan, for you have officially earned the title of San Francisco's Steepest.Steep enough that Google's Street View Car didn't map it out. http://goo.gl/maps/lt1of.

Article is BS, as Prentiss (like a few other streets in Bernal) isn't officially accepted by the City. The steepest streets on the City Engineer's books are Filbert St. on Telegraph Hill (see Impending Cynic's comment above) and 22nd St in my neck of the woods, both with grades of 31%.


What about Kearny north of Broadway?
 
2013-08-09 01:25:15 PM  

Mikey1969: Confabulat: I had vertigo for 48 hours a few weeks ago. I had it for 16 hours a couple months back.

If there is a hell, it is vertigo. The world becomes a much smaller place.

Here's a fun one.... A few years ago I went on a road trip through Nevada, ran into a HUGE dust storm and came back with what I could best call a sinus infection. I spent a week where even sitting up in bed was too much. I couldn't stop my head from spinning. A full week.Too dizzy to even sit upright, I still get occasional days like that, but nothing as bad as that week.


A week might snap my sanity for good. I start losing it about 8 hours in.
 
2013-08-09 01:29:29 PM  
This page seems to have another list: The Steeps Of San Francisco

The Steepest Streets In San Francisco, For Real
1. Prentiss between Chapman and Powhattan (37% grade)
2. Nevada above Chapman (36% grade)
3. Baden above Mangels (34% grade) *
4. Ripley between Peralta and Alabama (31.5% grade)
5. Filbert between Hyde and Leavenworth (31.5% grade)
6. 22nd between Vicksburg and Church (31.5% grade)
7. 24th between Grand View and Fountain (30% grade)
8. Kearny above Broadway (30% grade) **
9. Holyoke between Karen and Woolsey (30% grade)
10. 25th above Grand View (30% grade)
11. Jones between Union and Filbert (29% grade)
12. Dwight above Goettingen (29% grade)
13. Folsom between Chapman and Powhattan (29% grade)
Source: Stephen Von Worley.
Notes: Ties are broken by the length of maximum slope.
* Crude, single lane pseudo-street, ** Grade unconfirmed.


And: More Steeps Of San Francisco -- A New Steepest Street Is Born

A New List

The Steepest Streets In San Francisco
1. Bradford above Tompkins (41% grade)
2. Romolo between Vallejo and Fresno (37.5% grade)
3. Prentiss between Chapman and Powhattan (37% grade)
4. Nevada above Chapman (35% grade)
5. Baden above Mangels (34% grade) *
6. Ripley between Peralta and Alabama (31.5% grade)
7. 24th between De Haro and Rhode Island (31.5% grade)
8. Filbert between Hyde and Leavenworth (31.5% grade)
9. 22nd between Vicksburg and Church (31.5% grade)
10. Broadway above Taylor (31% grade)
11. 23rd above Carolina (31% grade)
Source: Stephen Von Worley.
Notes: Ranked by maximum grade, as of February 2010.
Ties are broken by the length of maximum slope.
* Crude, single lane pseudo-street
 
2013-08-09 02:26:48 PM  

Confabulat: Mikey1969: Confabulat: I had vertigo for 48 hours a few weeks ago. I had it for 16 hours a couple months back.

If there is a hell, it is vertigo. The world becomes a much smaller place.

Here's a fun one.... A few years ago I went on a road trip through Nevada, ran into a HUGE dust storm and came back with what I could best call a sinus infection. I spent a week where even sitting up in bed was too much. I couldn't stop my head from spinning. A full week.Too dizzy to even sit upright, I still get occasional days like that, but nothing as bad as that week.

A week might snap my sanity for good. I start losing it about 8 hours in.


It really, really sucked...

Farking Nevada...
 
2013-08-09 06:06:17 PM  

EasilyDistracted: ArcadianRefugee:  I'd be more concerned of . . . inquisitive and malicious person trying to see if they could roll it.

Not an issue if you properly curb your wheels and use your parking brake.  Facing downwards?  Turn you wheels to the right.  Facing upwards?  Turn 'em to the left.  The curb acts as a wheel chock.


I know that. I wasn't so particularly thing about my own vehicle being tippied over, but someone else's and having it roll into mine (if I were parking on such a road).
 
2013-08-09 06:09:31 PM  

LibertyHiller: ArcadianRefugee: Mike Chewbacca: Seattle has some really crazy steep streets, too, but not THAT crazy.

From that article:
"Drive downhill along the inside edge of the turn, and your car will briefly tilt at an astounding 37% grade. Hubba hubba!

Congratulations, Prentiss Street between Chapman and Powhattan, for you have officially earned the title of San Francisco's Steepest.Steep enough that Google's Street View Car didn't map it out. http://goo.gl/maps/lt1of.

Article is BS, as Prentiss (like a few other streets in Bernal) isn't officially accepted by the City. The steepest streets on the City Engineer's books are Filbert St. on Telegraph Hill (see Impending Cynic's comment above) and 22nd St in my neck of the woods, both with grades of 31%.


What, precisely, does "isn't officially accepted by the City" mean? The road isn't officially acknowledged? The grade hasn't been officially measured? They don't consider it a winner because only a portion of the road makes the grade (so to speak)?

I hadn't realized there were rules for this "contest". I mean, it's like a roadway can cheat and be disqualified; this isn't the Tour de France.

/serious question, btw
 
2013-08-09 08:11:46 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: LibertyHiller: ArcadianRefugee: Mike Chewbacca: Seattle has some really crazy steep streets, too, but not THAT crazy.

From that article:
"Drive downhill along the inside edge of the turn, and your car will briefly tilt at an astounding 37% grade. Hubba hubba!

Congratulations, Prentiss Street between Chapman and Powhattan, for you have officially earned the title of San Francisco's Steepest.Steep enough that Google's Street View Car didn't map it out. http://goo.gl/maps/lt1of.

Article is BS, as Prentiss (like a few other streets in Bernal) isn't officially accepted by the City. The steepest streets on the City Engineer's books are Filbert St. on Telegraph Hill (see Impending Cynic's comment above) and 22nd St in my neck of the woods, both with grades of 31%.

What, precisely, does "isn't officially accepted by the City" mean? The road isn't officially acknowledged? The grade hasn't been officially measured? They don't consider it a winner because only a portion of the road makes the grade (so to speak)?

I hadn't realized there were rules for this "contest". I mean, it's like a roadway can cheat and be disqualified; this isn't the Tour de France.

/serious question, btw


"Not accepted" = The City doesn't maintain the roadway. It may appear on some privately-published maps, but is not recognized by the SFDPW's Bureau of Street Use and Mapping and does not appear on any maps published by DPW or Muni. Paving and other maintenance is at the expense of the adjacent property owners.

lohphat: This page seems to have another list: The Steeps Of San Francisco

The Steepest Streets In San Francisco, For Real
1. Prentiss between Chapman and Powhattan (37% grade)
2. Nevada above Chapman (36% grade)
3. Baden above Mangels (34% grade) *
4. Ripley between Peralta and Alabama (31.5% grade)
5. Filbert between Hyde and Leavenworth (31.5% grade)
6. 22nd between Vicksburg and Church (31.5% grade)
7. 24th between Grand View and Fountain (30% grade)
8. Kearny above Broadway (30% grade) **
9. Holyoke between Karen and Woolsey (30% grade)
10. 25th above Grand View (30% grade)
11. Jones between Union and Filbert (29% grade)
12. Dwight above Goettingen (29% grade)
13. Folsom between Chapman and Powhattan (29% grade)
Source: Stephen Von Worley.
Notes: Ties are broken by the length of maximum slope.
* Crude, single lane pseudo-street, ** Grade unconfirmed.

And: More Steeps Of San Francisco -- A New Steepest Street Is Born

A New List

The Steepest Streets In San Francisco
1. Bradford above Tompkins (41% grade)
2. Romolo between Vallejo and Fresno (37.5% grade)
3. Prentiss between Chapman and Powhattan (37% grade)
4. Nevada above Chapman (35% grade)
5. Baden above Mangels (34% grade) *
6. Ripley between Peralta and Alabama (31.5% grade)
7. 24th between De Haro and Rhode Island (31.5% grade)
8. Filbert between Hyde and Leavenworth (31.5% grade)
9. 22nd between Vicksburg and Church (31.5% grade)
10. Broadway above Taylor (31% grade)
11. 23rd above Carolina (31% grade)
Source: Stephen Von Worley.
Notes: Ranked by maximum grade, as of February 2010.
Ties are broken by the length of maximum slope.
* Crude, single lane pseudo-street


Again, those blocks of Prentiss, Nevada, Bradford, Romolo, etc., aren't "accepted streets" according to SFDPW. I'll take the City's definitions over those of Stephen Von Whatsis any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

BSM official maps (warning: ugly as fark)
 
2013-08-09 11:35:31 PM  
I thought Baldwin St in New Zealand was the steepest street at 35%, article is BS.
 
2013-08-10 12:23:56 AM  

LibertyHiller: "Not accepted" = The City doesn't maintain the roadway. It may appear on some privately-published maps, but is not recognized by the SFDPW's Bureau of Street Use and Mapping and does not appear on any maps published by DPW or Muni. Paving and other maintenance is at the expense of the adjacent property owners.


Thanks.
 
2013-08-10 01:09:03 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: LibertyHiller: "Not accepted" = The City doesn't maintain the roadway. It may appear on some privately-published maps, but is not recognized by the SFDPW's Bureau of Street Use and Mapping and does not appear on any maps published by DPW or Muni. Paving and other maintenance is at the expense of the adjacent property owners.

Thanks.


Happy to clear that up. Knowledge is power, they say.
 
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