In response to the article about the Chicago street system:
Miami. It actually has a very good street grid system. I haven’t lived there since 2005 so I may get this wrong, but if memory serves the Avenues run north and south and the Streets run east and west. If you see a SW (south west) or NE (North East) in front of the street number you know where in the grid to start (everything is pretty much divided into 4 quadrants by major highways). The grid system works all the way down to Homestead where some of the numbers start over, but you learn pretty quick both names for each street. The only place I remember in Miami that DIDN’T follow the grid numbering system was Coral Gables, which is a suburb-like community within Miami where there are pretty trees, the Biltmore hotel, and lots of homes I could never have afforded. Also, if you watch Burn Notice, I’m pretty sure it is the location of the exterior of the home of Madeline (Michael’s mom). Its streets are named things (not numbers) and I always used to get lost there b/c that is where the Children’s hospital was (asthmatic kid=trips to children’s hospital). Also, I think some parts of Miami Beach are named non-number things, but again being a mommy-type I didn’t venture into that part of the city too often.
As for Chicago, I lived in Arlington Heights and didn’t have to go to the city often. My husband worked on Wacker Dr., so he was far more experienced with the way the streets worked in downtown. In Arlington Heights all you really needed to know was how to get on the tollway, Golf, Arlington Heights Rd., and well you get the idea. Nowadays you don’t really have to know anything. You just need a Garmin. We went on vacation up that way last year and if it hadn’t been for Garmin we’d have never found the stuff we were looking for.
Oh and just another little tidbit of information you will probably never need: as cities go Miami and Chicago have what I would call “opposite climates”. It is not that Chicago doesn’t get hot in the summer, oh no. The year I lived there over 500 ppl died b/c they baked in their apartments with no AC. But that same year it had the LONGEST and COLDEST winter I’d ever experienced. Even the local natives were complaining it was startlingly cold for Chicago. We had a period where water mains were freezing and bursting downtown b/c it was 20 below. And the winter lasted, I kid you not, EIGHT MONTHS.
So then we move to Miami and discover that there are 3 days in January where it gets so cold you have to wear a coat. And summer there lasts for, yep, eight months. I’m not sure what you would call the other season in Miami. Technically folks down there don’t really call it summer or winter. They go by wet season or dry season. Or hurricane season and then whatever people do when the Dolphins aren’t playing. But it can’t be fall b/c the leaves never turn and then drop off the trees and it can’t be spring b/c the leaves never turn and fall off the tress…so they can’t come back. And if you said winter…well people would just laugh at you.