Commerce Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Not to be confused with Commercial Street. For the 19th-century street along the Monongahela, see Commerce Street (1851–1890).
Commerce Street
Neighborhood East Liberty
McKelvey Alley (until 1898)

This street was originally named McKelvey Alley. It was renamed Commerce Street in 1898.[1]

Bob Regan includes "Commerce" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "Trade or exchange of goods and money also the name of one U. S. government department."[2] Unfortunately this is just a dictionary definition of the word commerce and gives no particular information about the origin of the street name.


  1. "An ordinance changing the name of McKelvey alley, between Baum street and Negley avenue, to 'Commerce street.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1898, no. 114. Passed Oct. 3, 1898; approved Oct. 4, 1898. Ordinance Book 12, p. 159. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select Council of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1898–99, appendix, p. 42, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1899 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecordselect1898). [view source]ordinance-1898-114
  2. 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