Big Numbers

I was giving directions to our house to a British friend the other day. I gave them our house number, which is over 800 and then asked if we were several hundred houses down the street. This reminded me of something that I have now taken for granted; American street numbering is distinctly odd. We live in a cul-de-sac, there are about thirty homes in the street and yet the house numbers are all over 800. Even given the strange starting point, the numbering is eccentric. It is familiar practice to have even numbered houses on one side of the street and even numbered on the other side. However, you would expect our immediate neighbours to have house numbers two less and two greater, but no our neighbours’ numbers are four greater and four less respectively.

Published in: on 13 October, 2007 at 6:55  Leave a Comment  

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