PITTSBURGH - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has ordered that O'Connor Street in Homewood be renamed in honor of late Mayor Bob O'Connor as a lasting tribute to his service to the city. The new name of the street will be "O'Connor Street." Ravenstahl said the new name won't go into effect until the new street signs arrive in about two weeks.
Some residents and business owners on O'Connor Street are not happy about the change. "This has been O'Connor Street since the 1800s," said Bradleys Roadhouse, owner of Bradleys Roadhouse Bar and Grill. "This is only going to confuse my customers."
Longtime resident Noah Swayne also opposes the change but said he has no doubt it will be short-lived. "It'll be just like when they tried to rename 'Cape Canaveral' in honor of President Kennedy. It'll never take." Swayne's wife, Mindi Swayne, said that she simply refuses to acknowledge the change. "To me, this will always be O'Connor Street. Period."