You know that old saying, “You can’t get there from here?”
If you’re on Greenwood Place in Bridgeville and trying to go somewhere else, you might already be there—it just depends which map you’re looking at.
Here’s the problem:
Greenwood Place is a stretch of road that runs from Dewey Avenue to Gregg Avenue. That’s simple enough.
But just 300 feet away, there’s another piece of road called Greenwood Place that runs not quite parallel to the first Greenwood Place, and these two Greenwood Places never directly connect.
To Google Maps, the U.S. Postal Service, and Allegheny County’s Recorder of Deeds, both roads are just Greenwood Place.
But according to some maps and GPS services, the other, shorter “Greenwood Place” is actually called Lucy Street. Or Gilmore Street. Or Morningside Street.
Even among longtime Bridgeville residents there’s disagreement on what the diminutive Greenwood should be called. Some people consider the entire area Greenwood Place. Some insist that it’s Lucy Street
Dan Colussy moved to Greenwood Place a few months ago and he’s learned that the confusion extends beyond the borough.
“Our postman can identify it because he’s been doing that route for years, but as far as outside services like FedEx or UPS, they have no idea where we are,” he told council earlier this month.
Lending no additional clarity is Greenwood Drive—a road in South Fayette that’s lined with houses, serves as a gateway to Fairview Park, and also uses the ZIP code 15017.
Mayor Pasquale DeBlasio pointed out that Greenwood isn’t the only street in Bridgeville that randomly ends, or reappears, or suddenly becomes part of an entirely different street.
Now might be a good time to reorganize the long-dormant Streets Committee, he said, which was designed to address exactly these types of problems.