Pittsburgh Streets

Aidyl Avenue

Neighborhood: Brookline

Named for landowner Lydia Flemming. The name Aidyl is Lydia spelled backward. The name Lydia was already taken by Lydia Street in Greenfield.[2, 4, 5]

Another Pittsburgh-area street with a “backward” name was Llawnipsa Street in the borough of Aspinwall. It was renamed Loop Street in 1956; the name refers to a trolley turnaround that was nearby.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]


[1]“Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Aspinwall, Appendix H, ‘Streets and sidewalks.’” Borough of Aspinwall. https://ecode360.com/31331395.

[2]Danver, Charles F. “Pittsburghesque: Backward street.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 28, 1953, Daily Magazine, [p. 1]. Newspapers.com 89773068.

[3]“Here’s one town that refuses to be backward.” Minneapolis Morning Tribune, Aug. 13, 1956, p. 37. Newspapers.com 183506712. This Associated Press piece was also printed as “Backward Llawnipsa turned into Loop,” The Sun (Baltimore), Aug. 13, 1956, p. 3 (Newspapers.com 375991440); and as “Compromise name for street changed,” Albuquerque Journal, Aug. 13, 1956, p. 9 (Newspapers.com 157852196).

[4]Ove, Torsten. “Site names here are out of sight: From Swamp Poodle Road to Grant Street, locales in the region bear names that are little understood or largely forgotten.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 8, 1998, pp. A-1, A-6. Newspapers.com 94754709, 94754864. Quoted in full by Elizabeth Bloom, “Bethoven St. vs. Beethoven St.,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Staff Blogs, Nov. 24, 2014 (http://blogs.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment/measured-words/42973-bethoven-st-vs-beethoven-st).

[5]Thomas, Lillian. “City plays the name game.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 26, 2001, pp. C-5, C-8. Newspapers.com 90410524, 90410540; http://old.post-gazette.com/regionstate/20010326streetnamesreg6.asp.