Picture of the Day: San Francisco is Steep
SAN FRANCISCO IS STEEP
Pictured here is one of San Francisco’s 40+ named hills. In fact, this was taken in Russian Hill, a neighbourhood in San Francisco and one of the city’s original ‘Seven Hills’ which also includes: Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill, Rincon Hill, Mount Sutro, Twin Peaks and Mount Davidson.
Russian Hill is directly to the north (and slightly downhill) from Nob Hill, to the south (uphill) from Fisherman’s Wharf, and to the west of the North Beach neighborhood. The Hill is bordered on its west side by parts of the neighborhoods of Cow Hollow and the Marina District.
The neighborhood is most famous for Lombard Street, the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being “the crookedest street in the world”. [Source]
San Francisco is well-known for its steep rolling hills. There’s even a Wikipedia list of all of the named hills in San Francsico (there’s 47).
To get an idea of just how steep some of them are, photographer Håkan Dahlström rotated this image to make it seem like the street was flat. The result is a building that looks ready to tip over!