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Stairway Walks in San Francisco, 8th edition
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Stairway Walks in San Francisco, 8th edition
Mary Burk with Adah Bakalinsky


The Joy of Urban Exploring

Hundreds of public stairways traverse San Francisco’s 42 hills, exposing incredible vistas while connecting colorful, unique neighborhoods, and veteran guide Adah Bakalinsky loves them all. Her updated Stairway Walks in San Francisco explores well-known and clandestine corridors from Lands End to Bernal Heights while sharing captivating architectural, historical, pop culture, and horticultural notes along the way. A comprehensive appendix lists every one of the City's 600-plus public stairways. Long-term residents and tourists alike have used the book for over 25 years to adventurously uncover San Francisco’s unexpected details.


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Walking Albuquerque: 30 Tours of the Duke City's Historic Neighborhoods
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Walking Albuquerque: 30 Tours of the Duke City's Historic Neighborhoods
Stephen Ausherman


Given its history and massive sprawl, we must admit that unlike Nancy Sinatra’s boots, Albuquerque was not made for walking. But it wasn’t always that way. From the time of its founding in 1706 to the arrival of the railroad in 1880, Albuquerque was, by lack of choice, a pedestrian town. Then from the establishment of “New Albuquerque” a new way of life would evolve. Trolly lines sprang up, soon to be replaced by private automobiles. Route 66 brought in more traffic than it could handle. By the latter half of the 20th century, Albuquerque found itself in the crosshairs of two major interstates. It had also become a hub of aviation with its air force base and international sunport. More aerial traffic would come in the form of an international balloon fiesta, which soon grew into the world’s largest. In short, the town is heavily dependent on mechanized transportation.

However, that doesn’t mean the art of walking has met its demise here. Far from it. A resurgence in plans and efforts to make it walkable again indicates that the city is on the verge of a pedestrian renaissance. In the meantime, navigating it by foot requires some local guidance and expertise. That’s where Walking Albuquerque by local author and explorer Stephen Ausherman comes in handy. With 30 routes mapped out in valley, the heights, and beyond, it’s the first guidebook of its kind to cover the entire city and surrounding areas, including tourist sites and famous filming locations, along with several hidden treasures most locals don’t even know about. Rich in history and obsessive in detail, the book is written to encourage readers to take the next step and make each walk an enjoyable little journey.

The art of walking involves a particular sense of relating to the cityscape, an ecological view that connects us to its natural and cultural environment. Walking is storytelling in motion, a narrative unfolding not in a chronological order, but rather a spacial sequence of layered events. The “spatial story” is a device that allows connections to be made between a specific place and the people who occupied it at various times. Whether exploring graffitied alleys between downtown highrises, strolling along irrigation ditches on urban farmland or promenading down the shaded sidewalks of a Victorian neighborhood, walking is a way of discovering a city and your place in it.


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Walking Baltimore
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Walking Baltimore
Evan L. Balkan


An Insider’s Guide to 33 Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, and Hidden Treasures in Charm City

Walking Baltimore includes Charm City’s well-known neighborhoods--Downtown, the Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon, and Fells Point. But in the voice of its insider author, the book also covers lesser-known and far-flung corners, revealing what makes Baltimore such a wonderful and fascinating destination and hometown. Full of little-known facts and trivia, this book will show how and why Baltimore was an essential player in the country’s early history and continues to be influential today.

This book also showcases a completely different side of Baltimore from the one conveyed in some popular TV shows in recent years. As in all major metro areas around the world, drugs and violence do exist in Baltimore. But the day-to-day life of the city provides so much more. Here is a city almost unparalleled in American history and it lives up to its modern reputation as a quirky, come-as-you-are and be-what-you’ll-be place. The zany Baltimore-based film director John Waters (of Hairspray fame) summed it up best when he said, “It’s as if every freak in the South was headed to New York City, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay.”

As for the history, it lingers in 18th-century neighborhoods such as Mount Vernon, Federal Hill, Jonestown, and Seton Hill. But Charm City's cultural and political past is infused with a vibrancy well beyond the glitz of the popular Inner Harbor. From Dickeyville to Homeland, Guilford to Mount Royal, Hampden to Charles Village, Bolton Hill to Cedarcroft, and so many other neighborhoods, Walking Baltimore takes visitors and residents alike on a romp that will have many locals exclaiming, “I had no idea.” While tourist brochures often limit their scope to a few centrally located neighborhoods and sites, Walking Baltimore gives specific directions for beginning self-guided strolls in almost every corner of the city--with instructions on how to get to the starting points via public transportation.

Take a neighborhood such as SOWEBO (Southwest Baltimore): rarely will it show up in any guidebook or tourist brochure. And yet this one section of the city embraces the birthplace of American railroading; the homes of Edgar Allan Poe and H. L. Mencken; a 19th-century (and still functioning) market; a unique shrine to Irish railroad workers; and one of the city’s oldest Catholic churches, where Babe Ruth was baptized. The 30+ entries in this book introduce new and fascinating neighborhoods for visitors and residents, and they remind locals (and inform visitors) what makes Baltimore a wonderful place to live and visit.



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Walking Boston, 2nd edition
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Walking Boston, 2nd edition
Robert Todd Felton


34 Tours Through Beantown's Cobblestone Streets, Historic Districts, Ivory Towers and Bustling Waterfront

Boston is a walker’s town. It’s as clear as the brick red path marking the Freedom Trail, the bright blue signs of the Harborwalk, and the green of the Emerald Necklace series of parks. Boston’s nearly 400-year history has led to the development of hidden neighborhoods, historic sites, and iconic parks that tempt both Bostonians and visitors out onto the sidewalks, paths, and trails lacing this close-knit city. In addition, the Big Dig project, which helped revive downtown and the waterfront by moving Interstate 93 underground, has created an energy and excitement that has driven projects like the Harborwalk and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Neighborhoods are experiencing new growth and positive development—and even established cultural attractions like the Children’s Museum and the Boston Tea Party Museum have had major facelifts.

This makes it an exciting time to walk in Boston. Walking Boston offers the best of Boston’s new and old rambles. Each walk is meant to be a complete experience in itself, encompassing the new and the old, the natural and the man-made. For example, you can view Boston’s newest and most striking museum, and then get a lobster roll from a delightful wooden shack on Fort Point Channel.

This portable guide features detailed maps for each trip, original photos, and public transportation information for every trip. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section summarizes each walk’s highlights.

So, go ahead, lace up those shoes and take a walk. Whether you follow a red line, a blue sign, or the Emerald Necklace, you are always on the road to something special.




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Walking Brooklyn, 2nd edition
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Walking Brooklyn, 2nd edition
Adrienne Onofri


The new second edition of the popular book Walking Brooklyn: 30 Tours Exploring Historical Legacies, Neighborhood Culture, Side Streets, and Waterways provides a unique guide to Brooklyn’s diverse communities, notable sights, and ever-evolving streetscape. Author Adrienne Onofri has crafted 30 exceptional tours showcasing the borough’s history, architecture, parks, arts venues, college campuses, places made famous by pop culture, and more.


Each chapter of Walking Brooklyn features a DIY tour route, with step-by-step directions, an area map, photographs, and public transportation information. Every tour tells the story of a neighborhood’s past, present, and future, shedding light on its buildings and landmarks, community life, ethnic heritage, cultural and retail scene, and role in Brooklyn’s renaissance. Readers will discover revitalized districts and state-of-the-art new developments; stroll along the river, bay, or ocean; visit galleries, performance spaces, and artists’ workshops; and see residences ranging from the iconic brownstones to Victorian houses to contemporary high-rises.


This fully revised and updated book now comes in color and includes places that were opened or revived since the first edition was published in 2007, such as the Kings Theatre, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center at Lakeside, City Point, Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River State Park, and Industry City. New routes have been created in neighborhoods that have undergone significant changes, like Downtown, Dumbo, Gowanus, Red Hook, Coney Island, and Bushwick.


Walking Brooklyn is the most comprehensive guidebook available to Brooklyn, covering nearly 40 neighborhoods―from those close to Manhattan (like Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg) through Park Slope, Fort Greene, Crown Heights, and the rest of the brownstone belt and out to the neighborhoods east of Prospect Park as well as the traditional communities of southern Brooklyn such as Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, and Gerritsen Beach. Entire walks are devoted to Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, while many other green spaces are featured on neighborhood tours. Brooklyn’s waterfront is also well-represented, including on a walk that crosses both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.


Walking Brooklyn is the only book you need if you want to explore―or reminisce about―this historic, dynamic place that everybody’s talking about!

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Walking Chicago
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Walking Chicago
Ryan Ver Berkmoes


Walk the streets of Chicago and discover why the town that brought us Michael Jordan, Al Capone, and Oprah is anything but a “Second City.” Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods represent a true melting pot of America—from Little Italy to Greektown, Chinatown to New Chinatown, and La Villita to the Ukrainian Village. It’s also the most walkable city in the country, with flat streets laid out in a sensible grid and 21 miles of stunning lakeshore.

Here you can get ethnic culture in Andersonville or high culture at the Art Institute, listen to the blues on the South Side or catch a ballgame on the North Side, and marvel at the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in Oak Park or at nature’s masterpiece along Lake Michigan.

In Chicago, every neighborhood has a unique past, every character an intriguing story, and every side of the city is covered in this newest addition to the award-winning urban Walking series.

The 31 walks include trivia about architecture, political gossip, and the city’s rich history, plus where to dine, get the best deep-dish pizza, visit world-class museums, have a drink, and shop.



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Walking Cincinnati
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Walking Cincinnati
Danny Korman and Katie Meyer


An Insider’s Guide to 32 historic neighborhoods, stunning riverfront quarters, and hidden treasures in the Queen City

Walking Cincinnati is the first book in decades for local history fanatics and adventurers wanting a more hands-on approach to Cincinnati history and culture. This guide literally walks readers through the city's renowned historical, architectural, and culinary sites. The unique character comes alive through Walking Cincinnati's focus on human-interest, and gives the readers surprise after surprise in its 30 walks. Never before has such an extensive book been written that highlights not only the architecture, art, and food, but also touches upon Greater Cincinnati’s darker side. Tales and locations of crimes, hauntings, illegal casinos, mob bosses, and brothels will astonish readers and unveil secrets of the city that have long been overlooked by traditional local history books.


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Walking Denver
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Walking Denver
Mindy Sink


Its mild climate and abundant sunshine make Denver, one of America’s fittest cities, a welcoming place for a walk any time of year. Colorado’s capital is the country’s fifth most walkable city. There is so much to see when out for a stroll through downtown or a hike in the nearby foothills. This exceptional guide explores the best of the city from Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to the Mile High Loop in City Park and public art scattered throughout downtown.

These 30 specially designed urban treks are not only good exercise but are a great way to soak up the history, culture, parks, and vibe of the Mile High City. The walk’s commentary includes trivia about architecture, local culture, and neighborhood history, plus tips on where to dine, have a drink, or shop. Each tour includes a clear neighborhood map and vital public transportation (where appropriate) and parking information. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section lists each walk’s highlights.

Insider Mindy Sink guides the urban adventurer from the Mile High Loop, the city’s newest footpath in City Park, to the Golden Triangle’s cultural and architectural gems, and the ever lively Art District on Santa Fe. From the Auraria Campus (home to three universities), to the city’s oldest still operating cemetery, this book reveals part of the city even seasoned locals overlook.

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Walking Los Angeles
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Walking Los Angeles
Erin Mahoney Harris


Walking Los Angeles is your portable guide to 38 walking tours exploring historic stairways, hidden streets, public artwork, and architecture, much of which even lifelong Angelenos probably never even knew existed. Completely updated, the third edition of this award-winning book expands and improves upon most of the existing routes with completely revised points of interest, including brand-new trips to Palos Verdes Peninsula, Manhattan Beach, Highland Park, Mar Vista, and Downtown's Art District.

This portable guide features detailed maps for each trip, original photos, and public transportation information. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a "Points of Interest" section summarizes each walk's highlights, ranging from cultural institutions to the hippest spots to dine, drink, and shop.

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Walking Manhattan
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Walking Manhattan
Ellen Levitt


30 Strolls Exploring Cultural Treasures, Entertainment Centers, and Historical Sites in the Heart of New York City

Walking Manhattan by Ellen Levitt is written with many people in mind: the tourists who have never before visited Manhattan as well as those returning to the Big Apple; the residents who want to ramble through parts of Gotham with which they are less familiar; the “I’ve seen it all” New Yorker who is willing to consult a new source and find “new” sights and sounds that interest them. Readers can pick and choose how and where they investigate Manhattan by consulting this new guide.

This guidebook will help readers to appreciate more fully the author's selection of unique things to see and experience throughout Manhattan. It points out the many beautiful and intriguing sights; the history to be learned; the joyful as well as sad aspects of Manhattan life throughout the years. Landmarks and parks, schools and eateries, art and sport, big and bold sites as well as modest and small; Walking Manhattan can introduce you to them all.


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