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Oct 06

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Some of SF’s Steepest Streets are in the Portola District

Read it and weep Cole Valley, number #16 & #19 go to the Portola.

Read it and weep Cole Valley, number #16 & #19 go to the Portola.

This nifty little chart has been making it’s way through the internet lately and look which neighborhood made #16 and #19 AND wasn’t mislabeled as “Excelsior”?!  – Not that we aren’t proud to be associated with our sister neighborhood to the west, it’s just nice to be noticed sometimes. This is all probably old news to the long time Portolans but for a newbie like myself, it’s a pretty cool fun fact to add to the Portola’s repertoire of San Francisco-ness.

As everyone knows, one of of San Francisco’s defining features is its hills and according to this chart of mysterious origins, the Portola is home to two of the steepest streets in the city!  Both of Portola’s ranking steep streets are located on the north slope of Burton High School or “Dwight Heights” as some locals call it.

View of the steepest street in the Portola with the King of steep streets (Bernal) mocking us in the background.

View of the steepest street in the Portola with the King of S.F. steep streets (Bernal) mocking us in the background.

If we rank neighborhoods by the number of steepest streets they contain – because who doesn’t love a good ranking to make themselves feel good – we are rubbing elbows with Pacific Heights and Portrero Hill to tie for the 4th place participatory ribbon. Finally getting the chance to look down our noses at Nob Hill and it’s measly 25% grade from our nearly vertical 30%.

Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2015/10/some-of-sfs-steepest-streets-are-in-the-portola-district/

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