Canton Avenue

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Canton Avenue, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Beechview neighborhood, is the steepest officially recorded public street in the United States.[1][2]

Canton Avenue may be steeper, but the Guinness Book of World Records says Baldwin Street in New Zealand is the world's steepest.[3] Baldwin Street is 1,150 ft (350 meters) long and is said to include a grade of 35%. Canton Avenue is 630 ft (192 meters) long (the hill is about 65 meters long) and is claimed to include a 37% grade 6.5 meters long.[4][5][6]

Canton Ave., seen from the top.

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  1. ^ "Here: In Beechview". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2005-01-30. 
  2. ^ Kambitsis, Jason (1 December 2010). "The Steepest Road On Earth Takes No Prisoners". Wired. 
  3. ^ Archived 25 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bob Batz, Jr. (30 January 2005). "Here: In Beechview". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Pittsburgh Hills". Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen. Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  6. ^ An article in the Pittsburgh Press on January 11, 1987 cites information compiled by the Surveys Division and the Snow and Ice Control Program, Dept of Public Works, that Canton Street has a steepness of 37%.

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Coordinates: 40°24′32″N 80°01′48″W / 40.409°N 80.03°W / 40.409; -80.03