If you think Bryan, TX sucks, try Boston. In most of New England, the houses are consecutively numbered and there’s no
block numbers at all. Streets change names without warning.
In New York, you’ve got to know which bourough or neighborhood the address is in
(Brooklynites usually just say they’re in Brooklyn, but Queens residents usually give the name of the neighborhood, like Flushing),
as there’s actually duplicate street names between the different bouroughs.
Rockford, IL has block numbers like Chicago, but the idjits decided to make the meandering Rock River the east/west diving line…what’s the 1500 block on one street, if you go a few streets south, is the 1800 block.
Bloomington, IL, doesn’t like to give letters to different doors on duplexes, so they’ve got fractions. Each door gets a fraction, so you’ve got numbers like 1508 1/8 W Taylor St.
England often has no street numbers at all, you might see an address like this:
“Joe Blow Ltd, Big Bullocks House, East Humpstead, West Sussex”. Finding the place means finding someone in East Humpstead who knows where Big Bullocks House is.
But Hong Kong has to take the cake, the addresses are vertical as well as
horizontal…there’s nearly as much elevator mileage in Hong Kong as street mileage.
So you get addresses like this:
“Wan Chang Ltd Room 7, Flat G,
Royal Hong Kong Building, Generous Chinese Bureaucrats Estates, 11 Fuk Wing St
Eastern Prefecture, Kowloon, Hong Kong”
(There really is a Fuk Wing street in Hong Kong). I’ve actually seen worse from Malaysia, where our database (despite me giving multiple address fields and generous field lengths, just for this kind of contingency) couldn’t handle it, and being in Malay, I had no idea how or if I could abbreviate it.