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Seeing the Address of Your Destination

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in address, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, personal navigation, street addresses, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Seeing the Address of Your Destination

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve prepared for a short trip to a new destination by getting good directions and an address, and you’ve followed the directions to the letter, but as you approach, you just can’t see the address. Maybe it’s too small to view from the road, maybe it blends in with the background, or maybe it’s not there at all.

This is annoying enough when you travel to an occasional destination (a doctor’s office, a store, a new friend’s home), but for workers  – mail carriers, pizza delivery drivers, florists, and others – who have to find new addresses every day, it can be a real source of frustration and difficulty.

Do yourself and your guests or customers a favor and make sure your home or business address is accurate and large enough to be legible from the street. The address should contrast well with the background so it stands out. Check your mailbox too and fix the address there if you need to.

Hardware stores and big box stores, like Home Depot and Lowe’s, carry all sorts address paraphernalia. You can also order special signs or plaques that include your address number and street name.

Everyone – directionally challenged people and the not-so-challenged alike – appreciates being able to tell which address is which.

Frank Gray, of the Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN), writes that residents in one local neighborhood have complained about an unknown person using a marker and writing house numbers on mailboxes or mail slots set into their houses. He notes that this is a neighborhood where almost everyone has house numbers prominently displayed. Clearly, address-related frustration got to someone. Read more about it here:

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If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant.


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