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Subject: No Street/Road/etc
Date Posted: 12/5/2008 1:34 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2008
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Do you ever get nervous when you see someone's mail to address and it doesn't have the word Street, Route, Road, or anything in it? Such as "1900 George" and that's it? I'm so used to seeing Road, Court, SOMETHING? I guess it's possible that peoples' streets are really named that (without the modifier on the end) but to me it makes me worry the person input their information too quickly, or left something out. Obviously, I assume the address works OK that way, or they'd eventually change it. It's just something weird with me I guess! :-) (I live on a "circle" and always say my address as XXX Pine Top Circle instead of XXX Pine Top.) But there's probably a lot without!

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 1:38 PM ET
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if i see that i either look on mapquest or i PM the person just to check

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 12/5/2008 5:43 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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If the address has a 9-digit ZIP code on it, then it's correct -- no need to PM. PBS sends its addresses over to www.usps.com and gets back the standardized format with the full ZIP, so whatever USPS gave back is what you're seeing. You can always go to www.usps.com and click on Find a ZIP Code to confirm an address if you like.

Some addresses really are weird though. I used to have a client located at "Foot of H Street" and I can't tell you how many times I would have to convince people at my own company (it was a really gigantic company, so there were lots of people to convince) that this was actually the correct address and if they put it on the label USPS, UPS, DHL, FedEx and everybody else would know how to get it there!

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 6:05 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2006
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You probably will see fewer addresses like that as more part of the country go to E-911 (enhanced 911) where addresses are standardized and tied to a GPS spot so it's easier to for emergency service workers to find.  It will also make life easier for the Census Bureau too.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 6:35 PM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2007
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I sent something at my work the other day -- the entire address was the name of a mine, the city, zip and the state. No numbers, no street, no nothing. It was so weird. UPS got it there safely, though.


Date Posted: 12/5/2008 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2008
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There is a street one town over from me that's just called "Boulevard."  Everytime I drive by the street and see the sign I always think it's incomplete! :-P

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 8:48 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
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I put the Rd at the end of my address, but every place official took it off because the PO took it off.  I've been told my address is not valid with that RD on it.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 9:27 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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Where I live we have a few streets that share names but not the type of road.

XXXX S 10 St   and XXXX S 10 Pl  -->  The first is a street and the second exists for just the ally in that one block behind 10th Street

There is a new street that was named by the city sometime last year.  I can't remember it.  It was just plain stupid of them to choose the name they did because the other is a well-known, large & busy street; the new one is downtown.  I guess the city figured that the two weren't near enough to confuse anyone it didn't matter.  It was like the example above, one was a Street and the other was a Boulevard.


Date Posted: 12/5/2008 11:11 PM ET
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In some places 10 Pl would be a small street off of 10 ST.  In the neighborhood I grew up in we lived on Clipping Court which was right off Clipping Cross.  The developers had a thing for putting Courts off of Roads (Clipping Cross however, was just Clipping  Cross).

Sometimes there is or was an underlying logic.  However, in some places I think it's random.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 9:11 PM ET
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And then you get those addresses that have only the name of the town, state, and zip code.  I went to a very small college that actually had no street address.  Mail for the college was just sent to the town and they brought it to the college (which was actually just down the street). I've seen something similar a couple times her as well.  I always think that that the town is so small, they know where everyone is.