Pittsburgh Streets

Tokay Street

Neighborhood: East Hills

Renamed from Tokio Street (or Tokyo Street) in February 1942 amid anti-Japanese sentiment. The change was suggested by Richard O. Fruehauf, a resident of the street, in a letter to the city council on January 6, 1942. “Tokay,” the name of a variety of grape, refers to the sweet blue grapes that grew on the surrounding hillsides. The same city ordinance also renamed Japan Way to Joan Way.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

See also Berlin Way.

References

[1]“Nipping Nipponese.” Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 21, 1942, p. 8. Newspapers.com 149790082.

[2]“Nippon taboo.” Indiana Evening Gazette, Jan. 23, 1942, p. 10. Newspapers.com 539876890, 14476246.

[3]“An ordinance changing the name of Tokio street, between Perchment street and Calistoga street, to ‘Tokay street’; and Japan way, between Harding street and Herron avenue, to ‘Joan way.’” Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1942, no. 40. Passed Feb. 2, 1942; approved Feb. 4, 1942. Ordinance Book 52, p. 253. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 9, 1942, p. 18 (Newspapers.com 88917378), and Feb. 10, p. 20 (Newspapers.com 88917458).

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

[5]“Tokay O. K. as new name of Tokio St.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 21, 1942, p. 5. Newspapers.com 90317572.

[6]“Tokio street residents wish change to ‘Tokay.’” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 7, 1942, p. 15. Newspapers.com 90317075.

[7]“Tokio St. to Tokay St.?” Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 7, 1942, p. 32. Newspapers.com 149718122.

[8]“World War diary: Streets renamed to reflect sentiment.” Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 20, 1992, p. A2. Newspapers.com 143643807.