Woof Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Woof Way
Neighborhood East Liberty
Origin of name The woof, the threads carried by the shuttle in weaving

There's a tiny little alley in East Liberty called Woof Way. Named by a dog lover, perhaps? Well, not exactly. One of the intersecting alleys, Shuttle Way, provides a clue: their names are weaving terms. In fact, the other intersecting alley, Frazee Way, was originally named Warp Way, as shown in the 1924 Hopkins street atlas.[1] A shuttle, of course, is the wooden piece that holds yarn to be passed back and forth between the warp threads on a loom; the woof, or weft, is the resulting threads that run perpendicular to the warp. So Warp Way and Woof Way are quite appropriate names for intersecting alleys!


  1. Real Estate Plat-Book of the City of Pittsburgh, vol. 3. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1924. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1924-volume-3-plat-book-pittsburgh; included in the 1923 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1924-vol-3