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Addressing Problem of Missing Numbers

April 21, 1985

I cuss every time I drive by one of those fancy buildings that doesn't have the address in large enough numbers so we can read it.

On half of the business buildings in every city in California there is no visible number. Disgusting!

You drive down the street looking for the 3200 block or the 1700 block or some such number and slow down, disrupting the smooth flow of traffic and risking an accident . . . all because some stupid, dumb architect wouldn't put the address into the plans and have it put on the building.

Restaurants, convenience stores, post offices, fire departments, churches, office buildings, banks, warehouses, city and state buildings, you name it . . . about half have no numbers on them.

Want to report a fire or an accident? Hunt for the address.

I hope to see the day when motorists will wake up and charge business owners with contributory negligence in such accidents where numbers are hard to find.

Perhaps the city should fine business owners $100 or $500 if they don't display numbers in contrasting colors so they are visible from the street.

Every apartment building and business firm with a frontage of over 50-feet should have the numbers in foot-high size.

No darn excuse for this not being done in 60 days. My home has the number on the curb, on front of the house and on the door to help people. I live in Burlingame.

(I'll bet the Times doesn't have the big numbers on its own building. 202 is it?)


Burlingame, Calif.

You are correct. The number 202 (for 202 West 1st St.) appears in small type on the lower portion of The Times' front door.

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