Laura Zurowski has lived in three “P” cities: Providence, RI; Poughkeepsie, NY; and most-recently, Pittsburgh, PA. Mis.Steps: Our Missed Connections with Pittsburgh's City Steps, attempts to recreate the journey undertaken nearly 20 years ago by Bob Regan in his books “The Steps of Pittsburgh: Portrait of a City” (2004) and “Pittsburgh Steps” (2015). Mis.Steps began publishing her journey through the city's 739 stairs in July 2017, and the anticipated completion date for the project is 2021.
Pittsburgh has more public stairways than any other city in the United States. Originally built during the city's industrial heyday in the early-to-mid twentieth century, Mis.Steps attempts to portray the heart, soul, and history of these decaying structures through Polaroid photos, Risograph prints, and short creative nonfiction stories inspired by the stairs and the surrounding environment.
In addition to publishing the Polaroids and stories on Instagram and the Mis.Steps blog, a risograph printed ‘zine is published twice a year in collaboration with artist and printer Jimmy Riordan. The first issue was released in December 2017 and can be purchased on the Mis.Steps website as well as at the City of Asylum Bookstore, Copacetic Comics and Printed Matter (online and NYC). The second issue will be available in July 2018.