Yes, I decided, the AAA magazine was correct...and a theme was born: The stair tour of San Francisco.
These are stairs that started the tour.
It was community clean up day and the stairs were covered in safety-vest-clad volunteers. From the top there was a far-reaching view of city.
Also at the top was a friendly neighbor who told us the story of the stairs.
A woman who lives next door to them started the clean up efforts. Then she organized donations to beautify stairs. What came from that is a marvelous example of tile work and urban art.
Names of neighbors and donors are worked into the tile design, giving everyone a little piece of "ownership" in their neighborhood stairs.
The friendly story-teller said that now people come from all over the world (I did) by the thousands every week just to see the stairs.