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Are streets and avenues north and south, and east and west in your city?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24343points) 3 months ago

In Red Deer streets are north to south, and avenues west to east.

They are reversed in Edmonton, Alberta.

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JLeslie's avatar

I haven’t thought about it where I live now, but many parts of Florida do use a grid system where streets run east west and avenues run north south, but other parts of the state it’s opposite. Several cities in Florida have street names using numbers so you know that if you are looking for 115 10th Ave it is between 1st and 2nd street. 225 10th Ave would be between 2nd and 3rd.

New York City has this kind of logic too. Avenues in NYC run north south and streets east west and Broadway divides Manhattan into east and west south of 8th street, but north of 8th it switches to other avenues, a little tricky. If you are taking a taxi to 145 E. 16th street, the cab driver knows easily where 16th street is, because the streets are east west numbered in order starting in the south and going up as you travel north. So, you just need to tell the driver 16th Street between Third and Irving Place and he can get you there.

Cities laid out with some sort of consistency make it easier to find an address.

seawulf575's avatar

Wilmington NC is weird. This whole section of NC is weird. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to their streets. IF there is a grid in a small section (and that’s a big IF) they are all “streets”. They also seem to randomly throw a “NE”, “NW”, “SE”, or “SW” at the end of whatever street, even if it runs directly N/S or E/W and there is no other street of the same name. Also, straight roads seem to be verboten. Why make a nice, neat, straight road when you can randomly put in a bunch of useless curves?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@seawulf575 The exact opposite of a Borg cube. Straight lines and ordered.

elbanditoroso's avatar

None – neither. Atlanta has so many hills that they weren’t able to build it on any sort of a grid system. The only part of town with numbered roads is right smack downtown and that only goes for about 20 blocks.

But what we do have is something like 65 streets with the word “Peachtree” in it -

Peachtree St
Peachtree Road
West Peachtree
Old Peachtree
South Peachtree
Old South Peachtree
Peachtree Battle Road
Peachtree Center Rd
North Peachtree
Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd

and so on and so on.

We also have many streets where the name of the street changes in the middle of the intersection, even though the road is contiguous.

And one of my favorites -> the street name makes a 90 degree angle (i.e. if you go straight, the name changes, but if you turn right, you are on the original street. So you can be at the corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Rd and Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Strauss's avatar

@elbanditoroso When we lived in the Atlanta area one of our running jokes had to do with “meet me at the corner of Peachtree and Peachtree!”

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Strauss In Jasper National Park, I used to live in Geikie and Pines. I would joke about living in the Geeky Pines.

I’ve lived in Jasper from mostly 1995–2012, and I still don’t know the street, and avenues, including numbers. I didn’t memorize the names very well. 911 dispatch would want a street name and number, and couldn’t use landmarks.

In Red Deer, I have to give street and avenue and they too don’t take landmarks.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

My city has an area called Old Town, which is beautiful and historic and has buildings from the 1700s. That part of the city is divided into north and south.

LuckyGuy's avatar

The main intersection in the Village of Hilton NY has North Ave, South Ave, East Ave, and West Ave. Actually they changed the name of a small patch of North Ave to “Lake Ave/” since it goes to the lake. It’s very difficult to get lost here.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Strange but the street I live on now is shaped like a capital Q. A squared off circle with a leg off of one corner.

Zaku's avatar

Avenues roughly N/S. Streets roughly E/W.

Strauss's avatar

In the Denver Metropolitan Area roads running north-south are streets and east-west roads are avenues.

Forever_Free's avatar

OMG. I live in New England. We have every kind of name for roads ever created. There is no naming convention as there are no roads that go east, west, north, south in one line.
You can be on Interstate I-95 and actually be traveling South, east west and north in one drive without getting off. On some sections it is not know as I-95 but still as Rt 128.
Roads change names as you cross town lines. Common of old horse and cow paths that meander.
This is one of the many reason people don’t drive well in the Boston area. They don’t know where the hell they are going and how to get there. Yet they know how to flip you off if it appears you are lost.

RocketGuy's avatar

Streets in my area seem more aligned with geography than by compass directions.

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