Thanks to a reader for pointing us to this PG article about Canton Ave. in Beechview. Turns out we might have a world record in our midst!
Here: In Beechview
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Photos by Martha Rial ~ Story by Bob Batz Jr.
Despite the twin “Do Not Enter” signs at its midpoint, Canton Avenue isn’t a one-way street.
It’s a no-way street.
No way you’re going to drive up it. Not this time of year, when it’s covered with ice and snow.
This Beechview byway is way too steep — even to plow.
It’s the steepest street in this hilly town and, probably, the region, with a grade of 37 percent — that is, rising 37 feet per 100 feet of run. So confirm records from the city Department of Engineering and Construction.
Canton could be the steepest street anywhere. Figures can be fuzzy, but the best San Francisco can do are grades of 31.5 percent. The world’s steepest claim is made by Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, but its steepest part, according to the town’s own Web site, is only 35 percent. Could Pittsburgh have a world record hidden in the trees high above Banksville Road?