|Neighborhoods||Point Breeze, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill North, Squirrel Hill South|
|Origin of name||Descriptive of the tree-lined country road|
The original name was Shady Lane, a descriptive name for the tree-lined country road. An early newspaper notice from 1866, advertising the auction of building lots on the lane, read, "No better or more desirable place for a home could be found than this same Shady Lane. Its very name has a pleasant quietness, indicative of the pleasantest possible hours." In 1932, a person with the initials C. L. M. reminisced, "Coming down Shady lane was delightful; the tree branches were so close from opposite sides of the lane that they met and scraped your buggy or carriage tops. East Liberty then was a village out in the country."
The change of name to Shady Avenue was criticized by Annie Clark Miller: "City Council orders new street markers for a street whose old fashioned name is a neighborhood treasure. Lane is not appropriate for a city thoroughfare in its opinion—and so overnight, old residenters of Shady Lane found themselves living on Shady Avenue." Pittsburgh poet Hervey Allen sentimentally recalled his boyhood days in a poem called "When Shady Avenue Was Shady Lane."
- Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5, p. 73. [view source] regan
- "The Shady Lane home chance." Daily Post (Pittsburgh), May 7, 1866, p. 1. Newspapers.com 91920255. [view source] shady-lane-home-chance
- Flashbacks. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar. 25, 1932, p. 8. Newspapers.com 90084354. [view source] flashbacks-1932-03-25
- Annie Clark Miller. Early Land Marks and Names of Old Pittsburgh: An address delivered before the Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Carnegie Institute, Nov. 30, 1923. Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924, p. 39. Historic Pittsburgh 00awn8211m; Internet Archive earlylandmarksna00mill. [view source] miller
- Hervey Allen. Wampum and Old Gold. Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 1921. Google Books hp0VAAAAYAAJ. [view source] allen