OpenStreetMap

New York Times Op-Ed, "Where the Streets Have No Names, the People Have No Vote"

Posted by apm-wa on 21 October 2018 in English (English)

Interesting op-ed on the role of street names in promoting democracy in the ‘‘New York Times’’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/opinion/sunday/north-dakota-addresses-voting-id.html

It also shed some light on how house numbering came into use in historical times.

Comment from alexkemp on 21 October 2018 at 18:31

Damn interesting article. However…

Typical of a USA newspaper to miss out the home of house-naming & -numbering, which is Britain, of course. The first record of a house number in London dates to 1708. There is full research within House Numbers & Street Names.

The obvious reason for how it came into use begins with a country’s Education Act. Originally, the mass of the public were innumerate & illiterate. Therefore, few could either recognise a house number nor read a street name. Only when that changed could street names & numbers become useful.

Comment from philippec on 22 October 2018 at 12:59

In short = “To make the world a better prison”

Comment from apm-wa on 22 October 2018 at 14:10

Or to be able to deliver the tax bills more efficiently.

Login to leave a comment