Tokay Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Tokay Street
Neighborhood East Hills
Origin of name Grapes growing nearby; also a modification of the original name Tokio
Tokio Street (until 1942)
Origin of name Tokyo, Japan

This street was formerly called Tokio Street (or Tokyo Street). It was renamed Tokay Street in February 1942 amid anti-Japanese sentiment. The change was suggested by Richard O. Fruehauf, a resident of the street, in a letter to the city council on January 6, 1942. "Tokay," the name of a variety of grape, refers to the sweet blue grapes that grew on the surrounding hillsides. The same city ordinance also renamed Japan Way to Joan Way.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

See also


  1. "Nipping Nipponese." Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 21, 1942, p. 8. 149790082. [view source]nipping
  2. "Nippon taboo." Indiana Evening Gazette, Jan. 23, 1942, p. 10. 539876890. [view source]nippon
  3. "An ordinance changing the name of Tokio street, between Perchment street and Calistoga street, to 'Tokay street'; and Japan way, between Harding street and Herron avenue, to 'Joan way.'" Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1942, no. 40. Passed Feb. 2, 1942; approved Feb. 4, 1942. Ordinance Book 52, p. 253. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 9, 1942, p. 18 ( 88917378), and Feb. 10, p. 20 ( 88917458). [view source]ordinance-1942-40
  4. "World War diary: Streets renamed to reflect sentiment." Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 20, 1992, p. A2. 143643807. [view source]streets-renamed
  5. George Swetnam. "Here in Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh Press, Sept. 29, 1947, p. 15. 149729673. [view source]swetnam
  6. "Tokay O. K. as new name of Tokio St." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 21, 1942, p. 5. 90317572. [view source]tokay
  7. "Tokio street residents wish change to 'Tokay.'" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 7, 1942, p. 15. 90317075. [view source]tokio-residents
  8. "Tokio St. to Tokay St.?" Pittsburgh Press, Jan. 7, 1942, p. 32. 149718122. [view source]tokio-to-tokay