Social Way

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Social Way
Neighborhood Shadyside
Spruce Alley (1865–1881)
Social Alley (1881–1914)

This alley was laid out as Spruce Alley in 1865.[1]

In 1881, a city ordinance established the names of all thoroughfares in the city of Pittsburgh and fixed duplicates. The name Spruce Alley conflicted with another alley in Lower Lawrenceville and the Strip District (today Spruce Way), so it was changed to Social Alley.[2]

It became Social Way in 1914 when another ordinance changed all alleys in Pittsburgh to ways.[3]

See also


  1. "Plan of the partition of the estate of Geo. Denniston dec'd.: Plan of lots laid in East Liberty in partition of Geo. Denniston's estate in the District Court of Allegheny County at no. 51 April term 1865 by Tho's. Ewing Master, and James Kelly and Moses Phillips Commissoners and sold by Thos. Ewing Esq. Master by order of court." Recorded in Plan Book 3, p. 133. Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778504. [view source]geo-denniston-plan
  2. "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
  3. "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