Pittsburgh Streets

Woof Way

Neighborhood: East Liberty

There’s a tiny little alley in East Liberty called Woof Way. Named by a dog lover, perhaps? Not exactly. One of the intersecting alleys, Shuttle Way, provides a clue: their names are weaving terms. In fact, the other intersecting alley, Frazee Way, was originally named Warp Way, as shown in the 1924 Hopkins street atlas.[1] A shuttle, of course, is the wooden piece that holds yarn to be passed back and forth between the warp threads on a loom; the woof, or weft, is the resulting threads that run perpendicular to the warp. So Warp Way and Woof Way are quite appropriate names for intersecting alleys!

References

[1]Real estate plat-book of the city of Pittsburgh, vol. 3. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1924. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1924-volume-3-plat-book-pittsburgh; included in the 1923 layer at http://esriurl.com/pittsburgh.