West Street

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West Street
Neighborhood Central Business District
Origin of name Westernmost street perpendicular to the Monongahela River in George Woods' plan
Fate Vacated in 1952

The second shortest street in George Woods' original plan of Pittsburgh from 1784 (after Eighth Street) was West Street, running between Liberty Street (today's Liberty Avenue) and Water Street (today's Fort Pitt Boulevard) very near their intersection.[1] Presumably its name comes from its position as the westernmost street perpendicular to the Monongahela River in this plan. West Street was vacated by a city ordinance in 1952 as part of the redevelopment work at the Point.[2][3]


  1. George Woods. A Draught of the Town Plat of Pittsburgh, Surveyed for John Penn, Jr., and John Penn, by George Woods, May 31st 1784. 1784. Reproduced as "Original plan of Pittsburgh" in plate 19 of Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872 (Historic Pittsburgh 1872p019). [view source]woods-plat
  2. "City to vacate streets, alleys." Pittsburgh Press, Oct. 21, 1952, p. 2. Newspapers.com 143027952. [view source]city-to-vacate
  3. "An ordinance vacating First Avenue from Liberty Avenue to Short Street and West Street from Water Street to Liberty Avenue and abandoning the sewers and water lines indicated on said streets between said points." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1952, no. 412. Passed Oct. 27, 1952; approved Oct. 31, 1952. Ordinance Book 58, p. 292. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 4, 1952, p. 18 (Newspapers.com 89453488); and in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Nov. 1, 1952, p. 15 (Newspapers.com 524430020). [view source]ordinance-1952-412