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Haha, that's Bridge Street in Houghton.  That's not even that steep, I think Agate street is much steeper.  I try to avoid those steep roads as much as possible but since the entire city is on a hill it's very hard to avoid a steep road.

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Ha, that's like Duluth here in Minnesota. It's like the San Francisco of Minnesota, and combined with lake-effect weather, those streets can get interesting quick. 

 

http://attic.areavoices.com/2012/04/09/the-steepest-streets-in-duluth/

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Houghton is just like that, streets much steeper than any current regulation will allow.  During snow events several streets in downtown Houghton are blocked off to traffic.

Hancock has streets that are even steeper and are only open during summer.  I think they gave up on that street and just leave it closed now.  I believe it is Ryan Street.

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In a way, I think it's cool. Old history and all that. Duluth originally had streetcars like San Fran did too. Last year, Duluth flooded really badly and the streets turned into rivers. The zoo flooded and some animals drowned while others escaped, including two seals and a polar bear...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V5ozpdACHM

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hrQeL-UGLY

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpJCWz6cs3A

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I saw a video from that flood that was filmed standing right in front of the house I used to live in. The water in the street had come up to just about in front of the neighboring house.

 

One winter I had gotten stuck in about 6-8" of snow at the bottom of a side street that was an incline but not much by Duluth standards. I walked 10 blocks to the gas station so I could fill up the snowblower and clear the entire street so I could get my car in the garage. About 10 minutes after I finished the guy across the street got home... he probably never had any clue how lucky he was.

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Yea, I love Duluth, but if I ever lived there I'd have to locate a house that isn't on too steep a street. 

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Storm sewer system there couldn't handle that big event.  I don't know if that was a 100 year event or what but there are a lot of cool pictures that show how important our infrastructure beneath the ground really is. Things really get bad when all that soil is washed away and then water mains are exposed and snap apart.

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Yea, Duluth had never experienced anything like it prior. Lake Superior sits at the bottom of the hill Duluth is built on, so the water characteristically had always run right off into the harbor. The rain was so much so quickly that the case was different. 

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