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Martha Berry on the importance of street numbers

She doesn't use GPS or cellphone for directions - finds they aren't up to her standards - but she does endorse use of Street Numbers on Buildings and Signs, and wonders why any business would put its phone number on signage - but leave off the Street Number

By Ed Waggener

Martha Berry has corresponded with us on our insistence that street numbers be a part of each Event posting. She's right when she says that none of the online mapping services are yet good enough to depend on for guidance, and maybe CM has put too much emphasis on that aspect of having street numbers on buildings and in signage. But she gives a solid endorsement for Street and Numbers, she writes:
I agree with you about using street numbers. Have you noticed, when looking for an unfamiliar address, that all the businesses have phone numbers on their signs and no street numbers? Who has time to phone them to find their location. I want to be able to look at the sign in front of their place of business and see 20000 Anywhere Street, not 555-5949. I may have already called them from home for information and now I want to know where they are on the street. And I am probably running at speed in heavy traffic, too. Sheesh. - Martha Berry
You're right on all points: But even if Google Maps are not yet where they will be in the near future, a significant number of us need street and number to get where we're going, as you point out. And we'll thank all the most consistent supporters of the policy, for all they are doing to make travel easier. Our aim is to put the most needed information needed for attendance at events in a concise standard form. - EW

This story was posted on 2013-03-11 03:59:43
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