Water issues still cause problems on Phelan Way today, but things have been worse: As this photo taken on September 11, 1907 shows, once Phelan Alley was nothing but mud. (We’ve posted this before, but on the 107th anniversary of the photo, and with a very similar cloudy and misty today, it seems fitting to share it again.)
A little over a year later, on October 12, 1908, the street had been regraded and covered with gravel.
The view from the other end of the street:
(Photos from the Historic Pittsburgh image archive. Click on photos to see a larger image)