Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Mormons Didn't Plan This Town

One of the biggest shocks in moving to Tucson was the fact that Mormons did not build this town. I have lived in Mesa all my life, and so I grew up with a perfect street naming system.
  • Center of town: Center & Main.
  • All of the east/west residential street names run in alphabetical order, starting with A at Main Street (Avenues south of Main, Streets north of Main).
  • All miles are exactly 800 numbers apart from each other.
  • Even numbers on the north & west sides of the street / odd numbers on the south & east sides of the street
  • If you're near 6th Street, you're near 600 North

It's beautiful. And then I came to Tucson. Here is an example of Tucson's addresses:

Notice that 202 is between 5th Avenue & 6th Avenue. Another example: one of the main roads in town is 22nd Street, which is not 2200 south, it's 1100 south (and no, not all of the street numbers are exactly half of the street names). It's very annoying if you are looking for an address. Another annoying feature: odd & even address run on both sides of the road.

However, Tucson traffic cannot even be compared to Valley traffic. It is WONDERFUL. Rush hour traffic is very minimal. Plus we have lagging left turn arrows which are far superior in my opinion. Anyway, I'm guessing Phoenix/Mesa traffic is worse than Tucson's traffic because people couldn't stand figuring out how to get anywhere in Tucson, so they moved to Mormonland.

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