Selby Way

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Selby Way
Neighborhood South Side Flats
Spruce Alley (1835–1881)
Selby Alley (1881–1914)

This alley was laid out as Spruce Alley in 1835 in a plan of lots by O. O. Gregg.[1]

The South Side was annexed by the city of Pittsburgh in 1872.[2] This caused many duplications of street names, which were fixed by a city ordinance in 1881. Spruce Alley on the South Side conflicted with another alley in Lower Lawrenceville and the Strip District (today Spruce Way), so it was renamed Selby Alley.[3]

It became Selby Way in 1914 when another ordinance changed all alleys in Pittsburgh to ways.[4]

See also


  1. "Plan of town lots situated in the Manor of Pittsburg fronting on the Monongahela River, adjoining the west line of the Borough of Birmingham: Planned by O. O. Gregg: Laid out for N. B. Craig, committee of Sidney Gregg, and for O. Ormsby Gregg, Isaac Gregg, Sarah E. Gregg, and Sidney I. Gregg, proprietors." Laid out Nov. 10, 1835; recorded Nov. 30, 1835, Plan Book 1, pp. 44–45. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778155. [view source]o-o-gregg-plan
  2. Mark A. Connelly. "Pittsburgh City 1872 Borough Mergers." Local Geohistory Project. [view source]lgeo-south-side-annexation
  3. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  4. "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