Category: Streets

What’s in a place name? Part 2, urban citizenship

24 July, 2012 (09:15) | Cities, Citizenship, Costa Rica, Formalization, Informality, Infrastructure, Mail, Streets, Theory, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post reviewing the Wall Street Journal‘s story of San Jose, Costa Rica’s efforts to formalize its system of street addresses had already uncovered the extraordinary efficiency gains to be realized (today one in four letters in Costa Rica goes astray). And even those gains, […]

What’s in a place name? Part 1, efficiency

23 July, 2012 (14:49) | Cities, Citizenship, Costa Rica, Formalization, Informality, Infrastructure, Mail, Streets, Theory, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   Where’s that damn mailman, anyway?   Hermits need no addresses because they receive no mail; the rest of us need to be connected to the information grid, and for that, each node needs a unique location, the naming of which can be a transitional moment from tribe to government, as reported […]

What’s in a street name?

12 March, 2012 (09:28) | Addresses, Apartments, Cities, Economics, Innovations, Markets, New York City, Prestige, Streets |

By:David A. Smith   Names are identifiers – and that makes them brands.  Change the name, change the brand.     Same individual, two different brands   Places have names because they need to be uniquely identified, and those names are a concatenation of a street and a number.  (Even apartments within a building can […]