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A Transcription of the Joncaire Street Steps, 2015


In anticipation of the purported demolition and replacement of the Joncaire Street Steps in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, DBQ presents A Transcription of the Joncaire Street Steps. Equal parts archive and crowd-sourced poem, this publication records the marks that have been made by some of those who have traversed the 136 steps connecting Panther Hollow to Central Oakland.

Described by a PennDot spokesperson as “deteriorated”, the Joncaire Street Steps are one of over 700 sets of municipal stairs connecting sections of Pittsburgh too steep for vehicular traffic. The City of Pittsburgh has received $384,000 of federal funding from the Transportation Alternatives Project (TAP) to replace the Joncaire Street Steps, with plans to to begin construction in 2016.1

On Friday, November 20th, DBQ hosted a publication release event on the Joncaire Street Steps. In conjunction with the event, related readings from the nearby Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh were collected to form the second volume of another DBQ project, Open Stacks. The books were available for visitors to peruse during the reception.
1 http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=33257

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A Transcription of the Joncaire Street Steps, 2015 (DBQ2015001PUB)
Published in three forms:
- as a large accordion-folded casebound artist’s book [26”w x 8.75”h, accordion dimensions: 106”w x 8.5”h],
- as a smaller, accordion-folded ‘zine [3.5”w x 4.75”h, accordion dimensions: 51.75”w x 4.75”h]
- and as a downloadable PDF.

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Publication Release, November 20th, 2015 on the Joncaire Street Steps, Pittsburgh, PA