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Old 01-02-2003, 07:00 PM
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Street Addresses

IIRC, in every city I lived in, the odd numbered addresses have been on the east and south sides of the streets, with the even numbered on the west and north. Does anyone live in a municipality that does not follow this order? And if this is a universal rule for the country,on what basis?
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Old 01-02-2003, 07:27 PM
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In Los Angeles, the even numbers are on the south side of the street or the east side of the street. Or at least they are in the principal section of street numbering for the city (there are parts of the city where the numbers start over)
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My address is 30635 and my house is on the west side of the street. I took an exam to be a mailman about 25 years ago and the exam even stated that there is no set rule for even and odd house number and which side of the street the addresses are located. It is all set by the city or county planning department.
Old 01-02-2003, 08:07 PM
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St Louis seems to be different (with regard to e-w streets anyway). The Pageant is on the north side of Delmar and it has an odd address, IIRC.
Old 01-02-2003, 08:13 PM
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My address is even and I am on the south side of the street
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In Milwaukee, even numbered addresses are on the east or north side of the street, odd numbered addresses are on the west or south side of the street.
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In NYC the even numbers are on the east and south sides of the streets, and odd numbers on the west and north sides.
Old 01-02-2003, 08:25 PM
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1507, West side of street.
As an aside, our older streets actually do run N/S and E/W. Magnetically. Kinda unusual. No river, I guess.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:45 AM
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When I was about 12 I lived briefly in Germantown, TN, a suburb of Memphis. My father and I made merciless fun of our neighbor, a woman in her second year of college, when it became obvious that even at this advanced age she had not yet learned that there's an even and odd side of every street. Nearly a decade later we moved back to Germantown. One day, Dad and I were looking for some address we had to go to when we realized that an entire stretch of road had both odd and even numbers on the east side of the street. Needless to say, we apologized to the poor girl immediately.

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Old 01-03-2003, 10:59 AM
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My address is 2727 and we're on the south side of the road. However, I don't believe that Pratts, MS is going help much in proving the OP's theory.
Old 01-03-2003, 11:03 AM
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In my city, the even and odd numbers switch sides on some streets. So on the North side of Main St E, the numbers are even, but when you hit the mid point and reach Main St W, the numbers are odd on the North side.

So, no, I guess there is no set of rules.
Old 01-03-2003, 11:04 AM
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I know you where talking about the States but here's some international info.

In Dublin, streets have names eg. O'Connell Street, Grafton Street etc but the city is broken up into post codes. Dublin 1, 2, 3 etc

D. 1 is the city center
All the even numbers are on the South side of the City
All the odd numbers are on the North side of the City.

The river Liffey which flows through the center of the city sets the North/South divide.
Old 01-03-2003, 11:13 AM
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In a semi-related question, why do street numbers skip?
I live at 6626. The neighbor to my right (facing the house) is 6628. The neighbor to my left is 6622. What happened to 6624?
Old 01-03-2003, 11:18 AM
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31 west side
when i worked in refinery plants the south west corner was 000-000 and all coordinates were given as northings and eastings
any connection??
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Old 01-03-2003, 11:21 AM
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In Dublin, streets have names eg. O'Connell Street, Grafton Street etc but the city is broken up into post codes. Dublin 1, 2, 3 etc

D. 1 is the city center
All the even numbers are on the South side of the City
All the odd numbers are on the North side of the City.
Mostly, but not strictly true. Parkgate Street/ Conyngham Road, just north of the river, is Dublin 8.
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On the street where I live, the even numbers are on the north, south and west sides, and the odd numbers are on the north, south, and east.

I'm at 2012. The houses next door are 2008 and 2016.

There's also a 2021 1/2.
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Old 01-03-2003, 11:27 AM
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Part of my former job as Planning Director was naming streets and assigning addresses. The way it worked in my locality was that the street numbers increased running from west to east, and from south to north. The odd numbers were on the west and north, the even on the the east and south.

House numbers skip for various reasons. If the lotting pattern is very old, and there isn't any room for new construction, the numbers are less likely to skip within the block. If there is available space for more housing, the numbers have to skip so that addresses are available. In rural areas, the address isn't assigned by house location, but by driveway location. Houses sometimes get constructed in a physical location that is behind their immediate neighboring house (say to the west of the house), while the driveway is actually to the west (think of a long, winding driveway).
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When I lived in Detroit, my address on the south side of the street was odd and my other address on the west side of the street was even, as in the OP. However, I have friends in a different section of the city who live on the west side of the street and have an odd number. (I suspect that cities that grew by incorporating smaller towns may have inconsistent numbering systems if they did not renumber all the houses when they annexed the smaller communities.)

I worked at a place in Euclid, OH with an odd-numbered street address that was on the north side of the street.
Old 01-03-2003, 11:38 AM
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Re: Street Addresses

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Originally posted by barbitu8
IIRC, in every city I lived in, the odd numbered addresses have been on the east and south sides of the streets, with the even numbered on the west and north. Does anyone live in a municipality that does not follow this order?
My house (Brooklyn, NY) is an exception too. I'm on the south-side of an east-west running street and my house number is even.

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In England, especially in some of the older neighbourhoods, all bets are off. Famous example: Downing Street in Westminster (as in the Blairs' residence) only has three houses, all on the same side of the street, and they're numbered 10, 11 and 12. I've seen a few neighbourhoods which had "circles" or "squares" of houses surrounding a circular park. Even though they're all on the outside of the circle (and hence on the same side of the street) the houses are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. (Well-known example to Oxonians: Wellington Square.)

There were even some streets in Oxford where on one side of the street the houses were numbered 1, 2, 3 etc. heading one direction, and at the end of the street the numbers "crossed the street" and were numbered upwards in the other direction. Pusey Street is one such street.
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In Silicon Valley, there is a fairly major street who's name I can't immediately recall that goes through many of the little cities south of San Fran (Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, etc), which was there before they all grew together. Each city had their own numbering convention for addresses on the street.

Now that the cities have grown together, it seems that on arbitrary stretches of the road the numbers will reset to 100, or grow immediation by thousands of numbers, as the addresses come into alignment with which city controles the current stretch of the road. Which side of the street is 'odd' changes several times while driving down the street. There is even one short section where the numbers are odd on both sides of the street.

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Old 01-03-2003, 05:14 PM
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In NYC the even numbers are on the east and south sides of the streets, and odd numbers on the west and north sides.
I'm in NYC (Queens), on the west side of a north-south street, and my address is even. ( Or did you just mean Manhattan?)
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In Los Angeles, the even numbers are on the south side of the street or the east side of the street. Or at least they are in the principal section of street numbering for the city (there are parts of the city where the numbers start over)
But neighboring Santa Monica does the opposite for streets that run north and south. The odd numbers are on the east side.

You mentioned places where the numbering starts over, but I can't think of any except Venice. Can you tell us of any others? Are there any other one and two-digit addresses in L.A., besides in Venice?
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