Monday, June 7, 2010

NOT A Public Staircase*

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 29, 2010. Neighborhood folklore INCORRECTLY identified this as a public staircase. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

* October 18, 2010, UPDATE: THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC STAIRCASE. The staircase pictured here is on private property. The owner has posted no trespassing signs.

This strange little staircase lies between homes on Lake View Ave. and the paper street of Silver Lake Court, just southwest of the India Street entrance to the Red Car Property. However, a review of the tract map indicates no such public staircase at this location.

The stairs appear to be on the Silver Lake Court paper street right-of-way, which would put the stairs in the public domain. This is a matter for an experienced surveyor.

The quality of workmanship looks as if it was built by the same builder of the Roselin Public Staircase, but there is no obvious contractor stamp.

When you look at the City tract maps, it can get pretty confusing. So I'm going to speculate: either a contractor started building the Roselin Public Staircase in the wrong location and abandoned the half finished stairs, or Residents had the stairs built for easy access to the India Street Red Car Trolley Stop.

We're celebrating our neighborhood's public staircases in anticipation of The Big Parade II, the 2-day, 100+ public staircase hike coming June 12 & 13, 2010: