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Name Seward Alley
Location Runs from 19th Street and Seward Street to 18th Street near Caselli Street
Length Two blocks
Stairs nearby Douglass Street Stairs
Seward Street Stairs
Market & Danvers
Market & Storrie

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Seward Alley is unique's an alley.  In most American cities, that wouldn't be very interesting.  San Francisco, however,  is built without almost any alleys.  Houses here generally are placed very close to the sidewalk with little or no front yard and large backyards completely isolated from the street.

Seward Alley consists of a series of small, steep staircases interrupted by stretches of flat sidewalk.  The lower end of the alley has the steepest and most noticeable staircase.  Along the way, the alley cuts through several backyards and intersects an odd little street (alley?) lined with garages - another rarity in San Francisco.

Seward Alley intersects 19th and 18th Streets mid-block, so you won't see it unless you are looking for it, especially on the 19th Street end. 

You can combine Seward Alley with several local stairways for a decent stairwalk.  I recommend you start at the Douglass Street Stairs, proceed down Douglass Street to the Seward Street Stairs, then follow Corwin to 19th Street.  At 19th Street, turn left and watch for Seward Alley on the right side of the Street. 

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