[Editor's note: Street addresses are just mental convienences, after all. Why don't we all memorize our longitude and latitude coordinates, yo?]
Republished from The Washington Post.
By Miranda S. Spivack. Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It was painful enough for the Beyersdorfer family to learn that Montgomery County had approved a builder’s plans to tear down their neighbor’s house and replace it with two larger ones. But then, on May 29, came a terse form letter with startling news:
Effective immediately, the address for the suburban split-level the Beyersdorfers have occupied for 43 years is no longer 6211 Wedgewood Rd. That address now belongs to one of the two unbuilt houses next door. The Beyersdorfer house has been bumped to 6213.
It was, the letter said, simply a matter of public safety. The numbering system is designed to help emergency vehicle drivers easily find addresses, the letter said, and a sequential system is the best way to do that.
Or, as a county planning official told Anne Beyersdorfer one recent day as she questioned the decision, “sometimes you just don’t have any options.” And no, the county doesn’t allow 6209 1/2 or 6209A and 6209B.
“That’s just rude,” Beyersdorfer said. “How can there be no options?”