[Talk-us] Road abbreviations

David K vidthekid at gmail.com
Wed Aug 6 18:22:51 UTC 2014


The United States Postal Service prefers addresses to be written with
abbreviations used, and they maintain a list of official abbreviations. I
suppose they really only care about addresses written on physical mail, but
then again this is the primary purpose of mail addresses.

I know of multiple examples of places where the street name in the official
addresses of houses on a street does not exactly match the name of the
street itself. There is therefore no reason to insist these values should
match.

My conclusion is that address data should appear in the data as it properly
does on a piece of mail, which includes using USPS standard abbreviations,
and deviating from the road name in other ways where the postmaster has
prescribed such deviation.
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