Walking to the train this morning, I noticed that 4 consecutive houses bore the numbers 377, 379, 389, 397. It got me wondering how specific house numbers were assigned. And if a homeowner wished, could they change theirs?
For example, could the owner of the 3d house listed above change his number to any odd number between 381 and 395? Does he have to request permission to make such a change? Who would he ask - the local government? The Post Office? And if he just changed the number and started using that as his address, would the PO keep delivering his mail? It seems that for most legal purposes, the legal description is far more important than the address.
I’ve heard in the past of instances where numbers were changed. For example, in Chicago I believe the old Palmolive/Playboy building was 666 N. Michigan. When Playboy moved out and the building was rehabbed, I recall them changing the address to something less beastly.
And I recall hearing that all of these new places that have vanity addresses such as 1 xyzcorp. Place have to have a “legitimate” street number for emergency response purposes.