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What's behind LA's secret staircases?




A tour group walks some of LA's secret staircases.
A tour group walks some of LA's secret staircases.
Alana Goldstein/99% Invisible

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Tucked into the hillsides of San Francisco and Los Angeles are lots and lots of hidden public staircases. They help pedestrians get from point A to point B a lot faster, and they also make for a great workout. But how did this idea get started? 

Roman Mars and Sam Greenspan of the podcast 99 Percent Invisible have the story.