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Old 08-16-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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There is a system to the D.C. street names. The U.S. Capitol is the center and everything expands out in four quadrants (NW, NE, SW, SE). If you drive north from the Capitol the street names start as just letters, then one syllable names in alphabetical order, then two syllable words, then three syllable words. So you can easily tell that a three syllable street is farther north than a one syllable street. Driving east or west the streets are numbers. Also, address numbers refer to how many blocks it is away from the Capitol.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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Boston and Atlanta are tied for this honor...
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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Arlington's freeway system is extremely confusing.
Ugh, tell me about it. I'll have to get used to that starting tomorrow.

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There is a system to the D.C. street names. The U.S. Capitol is the center and everything expands out in four quadrants (NW, NE, SW, SE). If you drive north from the Capitol the street names start as just letters, then one syllable names in alphabetical order, then two syllable words, then three syllable words. So you can easily tell that a three syllable street is farther north than a one syllable street. Driving east or west the streets are numbers. Also, address numbers refer to how many blocks it is away from the Capitol.
It's not really that that's the problem. It's the traffic patterns, circles, one-ways, streets changing direction and the like that bothers people.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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Boston. I got lost at 4am when there wasn't any traffic, tried to get to the airport from Fenway, ended up in Lynn, almost missed our 6am flight cause of that
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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Boston, then Atlanta, then DC (although I find DC easy, I also lived there, but to out-of-towners it must be killer). Lower Manhattan can also be very confusing.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Northwest Hills, CT
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Definitely Boston. Always an adventure.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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So what's the most complicated/confusing place you drove in regarding road structure? And if you can name a specific road in the city you were confused on.
Since I mentioned Pittsburgh, I suppose i should answer this part specifically: I defy anyone to follow Beechwood Boulevard from end to end without ending up on some other street. I lived 2 blocks off of Beechwood and even I couldn't do it.
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