Pittsburgh Streets

Berlin Way

Neighborhood: Upper Lawrenceville

In July 1942, amid anti-German sentiment, there was a push to rename Berlin Way to Moran Way, after 81-year-old “Mother” Sarah Moran, the street’s oldest resident, who had lived at 1501 Berlin Way for 55 years. Moran’s own suggestion was Hathaway Street.[1, 2] It seems that nothing came of these proposals.[3]

See also Joan Way, Marne Way, and Tokay Street.


[1]“Berlin Way families are tired of name: Soldiers in army and of industry live there: Urge change to Moran way, honoring oldest resident, a gentle grandmother.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 7, 1942, p. 10. Newspapers.com 90013180.

[2]“Strip declares blitz against its Berlin Way: Residents demand renaming to Moran Way.” Pittsburgh Press, July 7, 1942, p. 26. Newspapers.com 143400870.

[3]Swetnam, George. “Here in Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh Press, Sept. 29, 1947, p. 15. Newspapers.com 149729673.