Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Living in a beehive

From Lebedev's Mandership, §163, "Russian postal address format":
Some cities and towns [in Russia] use rather uncommon addresses.

Zelenograd, Moscow, Russia, for example, has just building numbers, like bldg. 1001A, instead of full street addresses. The first two digits represent the district (number 10). People who live in the house may not even be aware that their street is called Kolkhoznaya, because no one uses the name.

In Naberezhnye Chelny, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, everyone knows cluster and construction numbers of the houses. So, if you ask which way 60 Prospekt Mira is, no one will be able to tell. But if you ask for 3/19, you’ll instantly get directions.

In Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia, a building may have several numbers, because the city has kept the German entrance numbering scheme. Apartments sharing a common staircase at each building entrance are numbered from one.
I suppose it's not necessarily very different from living in a grid-like city, with streets having numbers and letters as opposed to names.

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4 comments:

e said...

chicago (and some neighboring suburbs, including skokie) have a bona-fide Cartesian grid. For example, Chabad is at (-4059, 8800). Streets running from north to south are lines of the form x=a and streets running from east to west are lines of the form y=b. The origin is at state street and madison ave.

e said...

the basis vectors of the chicago numbering system are both 1/800 of a mile. But Evanston is weird. Its north-south basis vector is 1/800 of a mile but its east-west basis vector is 1/1200 of a mile.

when we learned polar coordinates, the teacher said the Washington D.C. uses polar, but I was disappointed to learn that this is not the case.

Certified Ashkenazi said...

The grid looks really ugly from the air. Sorry.

e said...

it doesn't look that pretty from the ground. But it is easy to navigate and easy to measure distances.