The streets surrounding downtown Nevada City have some very unconventional sidewalks. Due to elevation differences between the buildings on each side of the street, some of the sidewalks can have a severe drop-off to the street below. Sometimes stairs are needed to access the sidewalk and properties beyond.
I know of other cities where this occurs, but Nevada City seems to be fairly extreme in this regard. It does add to the character of the town, but people with disabilities may face some challenges.
Typically such streets occur when houses were built along the slope of a narrow existing street that was meant to accommodate travel by horses long before the days of wide modern streets. When conventional streets were eventually constructed, some houses were either far higher or lower than the final grade of the wider road. I suspect this was the case here.
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Set Your Parking Brake and Curb Your Wheels
At a cafe in Nevada City I decided to ask what an on duty Nevada City policemen what advice he would give to tourists in his town. He said he continues to be amazed that people do not know how to park their car on a hill (and Nevada City has many hills and steep streets). This results in frequent fender benders and a few serious collisions.
So remember if car is facing DOWNHILL
Turn the steering wheel toward the curb/ The front part of the front tire should be firmly turned into the curb.
If car is facing UPHILL turn the wheel away from the curb. The back of the front tire should be firmly turned into the curb.
Put the car in park. For manual transmissions, leave the car in gear. Set the parking brake.
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