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Old 06-29-2011, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Why don't North Side streets have numbers (Not the numbers at the bottom like 8700 S, because I know all streets have those. I'm talking about like 79th, 87th, 95th st, etc.)? Makes it so confusing, I can't find anything up there.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Because then Chicago would be Washington, DC.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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If you can find the streets that run north and south you should be able to find the streets that run east and west on the northside.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Because people on the Southside can't read and people on the Northside can't do math.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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To keep it simple:
It eliminate confusion of knowing whether or not someone is referring to North or South 47th, which would put you clear on the wrong end of town.

To get a better understanding of naming conventions in Chicago and elsewere, refer to the following:

Straight Dope Chicago: Do other cities have logical street numbering systems like Chicago's?

Straight Dope Chicago: What's the story on K-Town?
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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To keep it simple:
It eliminate confusion of knowing whether or not someone is referring to North or South 47th, which would put you clear on the wrong end of town.

To get a better understanding of naming conventions in Chicago and elsewere, refer to the following:

Straight Dope Chicago: Do other cities have logical street numbering systems like Chicago's?

Straight Dope Chicago: What's the story on K-Town?
The simpler solution all those years ago IMO would have been to make the numbered streets north-south and start at Lake Michigan with 1st (or Front) Street and then move west. Believe me, most people who live in cities that have north/south (or east/west) numbered streets know enough to clearly identify whether they are referring to North 21st Street or South 21st Street.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:46 PM
 
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The simpler solution all those years ago IMO would have been to make the numbered streets north-south and start at Lake Michigan with 1st (or Front) Street and then move west. Believe me, most people who live in cities that have north/south (or east/west) numbered streets know enough to clearly identify whether they are referring to North 21st Street or South 21st Street.
Two problems with this:

1-You'd need to start numbering at 1st street way down south, because this is furthest east, so by the time you get to downtown you'd be in the 30s/40s, which seems kind of strange given the orientation of the city. It works for Manhattan because it's on an oblong island, but it seems kind of silly for Chicago.

2-I don't think N or S 21st street is a problem, because its a directional thing like E 96th or W 96th in the current plan. The problem is when the directional N/S or E/W actually distinguishes streets. Example: calling an E/W street 2 miles south of Madison S 16th Street while calling an E/W street 2 miles north of Madison N 16th Street isn't confusing for people who live in the area. It IS confusing to people mailing letters for business and personal reasons, or delivery men when someone drops the N or S...especially considering when the naming convention started (pre phone and computer), when everything was done over mail and delivery rather than computer or phone.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Seriously! how are numbered streets confusing. If anything it clears things up and makes it easier. Now Miami's street system is a different story, try getting used to NW 47th and SW 56th. In Milwaukee and most cities the numbered streets go from 1st to somewhere around 200th st. Usually the only difference is North and south streets or west and east numbered streets.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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At one time, Chicago had numbered avenues on the West Side: Pulaski was 40th Avenue, etc. This system survives in Cicero and Elmwood Park.

Maps of the 1890s also show Foster as "59th Street," but no other North Side streets have numbers. I've never discovered the reason Foster was special.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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At one time, Chicago had numbered avenues on the West Side: Pulaski was 40th Avenue, etc. This system survives in Cicero and Elmwood Park.

Maps of the 1890s also show Foster as "59th Street," but no other North Side streets have numbers. I've never discovered the reason Foster was special.

There are also some in the Tinley Park area
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