Belvit Way

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Belvit Way
Neighborhood Strip District
Bindley Alley (until 1911)
Belvit Alley (1911–1914)

This alley appears, unlabeled, in maps dating back to the 1850s.[1][2][3] It was originally named Bindley Alley.[4] The portion of the alley north of Pike Street (today Smallman Street) was vacated in 1898 for the Pennsylvania Railroad.[5][6] The remaining part, from Pike Street to Mulberry Alley, was renamed Belvit Alley in 1911.[7] It became Belvit Way in 1914 when a city ordinance changed all alleys in Pittsburgh to ways.[8]


  1. R. E. McGowin. Map of the Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny and of the Boroughs of South-Pittsburgh, Birmingham, East-Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Duquesne & Manchester etc. Schuchman & Haunlein, Pittsburgh, 1852. [view source]mcgowin-1852
  2. The Cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, with Parts of Adjacent Boroughs, Pennsylvania. 1855. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0089;; 1855 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( In George W. Colton, Colton's Atlas of the World: Illustrating physical and political geography, J. H. Colton & Co., New York, 1856 ( [view source]colton
  3. S. N. & F. W. Beers. Map of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Smith, Gallup & Hewitt, Philadelphia, 1862. LCCN 2012592151; 1862 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]beers
  4. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3, plate 11. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1900. [view source]hopkins-1900-vol-3
  5. "Many streets are soon to be vacated: Pennsylvania railroad will secure permission to begin improvements: First step in the big plan: Corporations and surveys committees both assent: Baltimore & Ohio also will spend money here—traction railway refused an extension of time." Pittsburg Post, Sept. 24, 1898, p. 9. 86372452. [view source]many-streets-soon-vacated
  6. "An ordinance vacating Bindley alley, in the Twelfth Ward." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1898, no. 119. Passed Oct. 3, 1898; approved Oct. 4, 1898. Ordinance Book 12, p. 162. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select Council of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1898–99, appendix, p. 43, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1899 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecordselect1898). [view source]ordinance-1898-119
  7. "An ordinance changing the names of certain streets, avenues and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1911, no. 558. Passed Feb. 14, 1911; approved Feb. 16, 1911. Ordinance Book 22, p. 498. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1910–1911, appendix, pp. 322–323, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1911 (Google Books 0X0zAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223840; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1910). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Mar. 10, 1911, p. 13 ( 86499788), and Mar. 11, p. 13 ( 86499822). [view source]ordinance-1911-558
  8. "An ordinance changing the name 'Alley' on every thoroughfare in the City of Pittsburgh, to 'Way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1914, no. 402. Passed Nov. 10, 1914; approved Nov. 16, 1914. Ordinance Book 26, p. 360. Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Nov. 23, 1914, p. 11 ( 86505785), and Nov. 24, p. 12 ( 86505809). [view source]ordinance-1914-402