It’s nice to have stairs. They’re sometimes better than escalators or elevators because they can never break down, and as a bonus, they can be quite a good way to strengthen one’s leg muscles (although it’s quite harsh on the knees). My father once made the excuse that he didn’t have to exercise because his job required him to walk up and down stairs (occasionally)!
I remember all the games I used to play that only needed 2 people and a flight of stairs. Grade school is a prime example of this – we weren’t allowed to use the elevator (teachers and the temporarily handicapped only), and there were 5 floors in total, so even though most of us hated going to the classes on the 5th floor, we wouldn’t mind it so much when it meant that we could prolong our game for a few more minutes.
I had a classmate who once voiced her fears of stairs with no rise. She said it was scary to think that someone’s (a zombie’s?) hand could reach through the gaps and grab at your ankles. Personally, I think she’s a little paranoid.
Lastly, I leave you with one of the most awesome comments ever made about stairs:
“An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.” – Mitch Hedberg