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Subject: about street addresses
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: kkeerrttee-ga
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Posted: 30 Aug 2006 21:01 PDT
Expires: 29 Sep 2006 21:01 PDT
Question ID: 761023
what does 1/2 in an address mean...

for example a fictitious address like:
1000 1/2 xyz ave, 

here 1000 would be the building number, xyz ave would be the
street....but can't make sense of the 1/2 ...(if you wanna search
directions in google for example it doesnt work with the '1/2')

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 01 Sep 2006 07:56 PDT
The addition of 1/2 to an address is known, in Post Office jargon, as
a fractional address...something they are actively discouraging, since
it plays havoc with machine-reading systems.

Fractional addresses were used back in the day in dwellings that were
made into a separate living space -- for instance, a house that made
its upstairs bedroom into  separate living quarters, or a carriage
house converted to tenant space.

You can read a bit about it here:
USPS Postal Addressing Standards

...Fractional addresses are usually found in old downtown areas of
cities.  Example is a second entrance on a building front or side for
a separate second floor location not connected to the first floor

Does that information meet your needs?


Clarification of Question by kkeerrttee-ga on 01 Sep 2006 21:49 PDT
Thank you, that clears things up.

Clarification of Question by kkeerrttee-ga on 01 Sep 2006 21:53 PDT
so to find the driving directions or location of an address on the
internet, I can omit the fractional part, right? (because the
fractional part shouldn't change which 'building structure' the
address refers too)
Subject: Re: about street addresses
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 02 Sep 2006 04:31 PDT
Thanks...I'm glad the information provided met your needs.  
And yes, you can drop the fraction as far as finding directions goes.

Let me know if there's anything more I can do for you on the mysteries
of the fractional address.


search strategy -- Google search on [ "1/2 * st" address ]
Subject: Re: about street addresses
From: pinkfreud-ga on 31 Aug 2006 22:11 PDT
In my city, an address with 1/2 is usually a garage apartment or other
secondary, separate dwelling on a property.
Subject: Re: about street addresses
From: myoarin-ga on 01 Sep 2006 05:25 PDT
If you are asking about a specific address, post it, and I am pretty
sure we could explain.  Pinkfreud's explanation is probably also
appropriate for other places.

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