Braid Way

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Braid Way
Neighborhood Overbrook
Marlo Alley (until 1930)

This alley appears, unlabeled, in the 1876 Hopkins atlas as part of a development called Fairhaven.[1] It was originally named Marlo Alley. It was renamed Braid Way in 1930.[2]

Bob Regan includes "Braid" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "To interweave or twine three or more separate strands of one or more materials."[3] Unfortunately this is just a dictionary definition of the word braid and gives no particular information about the origin of the street name.


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 44. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1876.; included in the 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1876
  2. "An ordinance changing the names of certain avenues, boulevards, streets, roads, alleys and ways in the 32nd Ward of the City of Pittsburgh (formerly Overbrook Borough)." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1930, no. 170. Passed Apr. 21, 1930; approved Apr. 25, 1930. Ordinance Book 42, p. 465. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh: For the year 1930, appendix, pp. 186–189, City Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1930). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 3, 1930, p. 29 ( 88826006), and May 5, p. 27 ( 88826102). [view source]ordinance-1930-170
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan