This post contains some THENs and NOWs of the east dead-end of Jrboe at Brdford down to Tompkins before Bradford was transformed from a dirt trail into a zigzag stairway. And three different incarnations of the Tompkins Stair, SE Bernal Heights.
Bronte is one of the stops on Cortland for the #24.
N-S streets around here are roller-coaster steep. The skill it must take to maneuver your car into one of the driveways of the homes up here…
Climbing from Cortland on Bronte: 1 thru 9
On the way down, Bronte turns into a dead-end for vehicles and short stairway on the east side. Some of these old steps are concrete, some wood. On the east side also are a few concrete sidewalk steps. Careful inching your way down to Tompkins: 10 tthru 24
At the foot, at Tompkins, you can go east about a block for the zigzag Bradford stairs up to Jarboe.
First a short, steep section, then a short section of sidewalk steps on the east side across from some homes. At the top of the homes is the stairway.
Used to take a deer trail to/from the Alemany Farmers Market. But why they didn't continue the railed sidewalk stairs all the way down to Tompkins is beyond me. It's one of the city’s steepest short stretches.
A few THENs from t2004, 2005 and 2006 of the homes at the foot and former gardenspots at the top before the steps and the wall that now curves round at the top of the cliff to the Jarboe/Bradford stairs.
ThENs: 25 thru 36
NOWs from a few years ago: 37 thru 42
This tine, however, I'm heading west a block from Bronte to the foot of the Tompkins Stairs.
Neighbors turned this old stairway (65 steps) into a delightful minipark some years ago.
First a few THENs. The first two are of the stairway in 2009: 43, 44
Second two: 2010 after its minipark transformation: 45, 46
Had not visited it in a while but decided to check it out for myself after seeing someone’s post on Facebook’s San Francisco Photography site (thanks, Suzanne!): 47 thru 68
From the top of the minipark at Nevada, continuing on Tompkins a few blocks to Holly Park.
West on Tompkins: 69, 70, 71
Tompkins ends at Andover. From here continuing on Highland to the park: 72 thru 78
Holly Park has benches, picnic tables, tennis courts, restrooms, a playground, trees, views, water fountains: 79 thru 98
Bocana just above Cortland: 99, 100, 101