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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta X6 THS IETHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday, December 31, 1970 West side trial area Plan proposed for addressing Preliminary West Lefhbridge subdivision with examples of co-ordinate values indicated Only two numbers are needed to find destination On preliminary subdivision plans, two West Lethbridge ad- dresses could be P a r k w a y and Marsh Place. The first number in the ad- dresses always designates NORTH and the second number always designates EAST. Therefore, the "N" and "E" would be dropped from the ad- dresses r e s u 1 ting in 6760 Parkway and 5750 6605 Marsh Place. As a person moves in a northerly direction the first number increases. As he moves southerly it decreases. As a person moves in an easterly di- rection the second number sim- i 1 a r 1 y increases and as lie moves in a westerly direction it decreases. The system is similar to that used in North Lethbridge ex- cept that the numbers are slightly larger. As one moves north of the railway tracks the value of house numbers on the streets increases and as one moves south towards the tracks the value decreases. As one moves east the value of house num- bers on the avenues increases and as one moves west they de- crease. Instead of using the railway PARKING PERMITS On November 2, 1970 Section 12.07 of the City of Lethbridge By-law No. 2716 was amended and be in effect January 1, 1971- This By-law reads as follows' 12.07 No metered space may be used by any vehicle without charge except: (ii) On any day between thirty minutes past five o'clock in the afternoon and nine o'clock in the following fore- noon; (iii) On Wednesday afternoon after noon (b) by vehicles licensed as taxi cabs while the operators of such vehicles are actively en- gaged in taking or discharging passengers: (c) By vehicles bearing commercial type license plates issued by the Government of the Pro- vince of Alberta on which is displayed on the windshield a permit in a form ap- proved by the City Manager and for which n permit fee of per annum has been paid to the City. vehicles owned and operaled by the City of Lethbridge, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Alberta on which :s displayed on the windshield a parking per- mit in a form approved by the City Manager and for which a permit fee of per annum has been paid to the City. Permits may bo purchased at the office of the Liccr.io Inspector, Cily Hall. tracks as the southern base line, however, the co-ordinate system uses the equator. The first number of every address in West Lethbridge would then be an indication of a poin a certain number of feet north of the equator. The other co- ordinate base line is the 114th degree of longitude so fJie sec ond number of the address in dicates a certain number ol feet east of the 114th meridian (located about 50 miles west of the The address 5920-6760 Park- way describes a piece of prop- erty feet NORTH 01 the equator and 267.600 feet EAST of the 114th degree of longitude. To use the exact number ol feet north and south of the baso lines would be confusing so the last digit in each number is dropped. A point feet east of the H4th degree of longitude is rounded off to 267.600. The last digit and first digit of the east- erly reading arc then dropped leaving 6760. The same happens with tho first (northerly) number except three digits at tha first and one at the end are dropped. The co-ordinates in the ad- dress therefore describe a piece of land 10 feet square. It would be part of a larger piece of property on which the house sits. The address 5920-6760 Park- way describes a proposed house lot about 800 feet west of thi> main entrance to the new Uni- vcrsit" of cnmniis. The address 5750-6605 Marsh Place describes a proposed house lot 650 feet from a slough in West Lethbridge. Comparing the first 'north- erly) numbers of the addresses a person sees that the Marsh (5750) is less than Parkway number there- fore the Marsh must south (closer to the Comparing the second (east- erly) number of the addresses one sees the Marsh number is less than the Parkway number tiKireforc t h e i Marsh number must be w e s 11 (closer to the 114th degree of Taking the two numbers to- gether now, one would know that he has to travel in a south- westerly direction from the Parkway address to find the Marsh address. As soon as ths road Marsh Place is located, the house would be a simple matter to find. If one really wanted to get technical he could subtract the co-ordinates in the two ad- dresses and know how many feet the Marsh Place address is from the Parkway address Subtracting the northerly co- ordinates, 5750 from 5920, one gets 170. Add a zero to the end (because the co-ordinates are in tens of feet from dropping the last zero on the real co- ordinates) and one knows the Marsh address is feet south of the Parkway address or about a third of a mile south. Taking 6605 from 6760 (the easterly numbers in the ad- dresses) one gets 155. Add a zero and you get feet west or alxrat a quarter of a mile. Comparing the two, then, one knows the Marsh address is about a third of a mile south and a quarter mile west of the Parkway address. If city council accepts the proposal and it proves .success- ful in West Lcli.bridge, ad- dresses in East Lethbridge could be redesignated. The dif- ferentiation of North and South Lethbridpe in addresses would be eliminated. The first num- ber (northerly) for South Lcth- Dridge addresses would simply i ijc less than the first number ;nr North addresses. The first number for Lelh- >ridge addresses would range from 5000 to 7900 with the 5000 addresses being in the vicinity of the Lethbridge Community College on the south and the j 7900 addresses being near the j present northern limits of the city. The easterly or second num- ber in addresses woidd range 'rom 62CO to 9000 with 6200 j icing in the vicinity of the >rcscnt access road to W c s t, x-tlibridgc on the west and 9000 j >eing around 43rd St. in East Lcthbridgc. An address 5000-9000 A n y- placc would then be in the southeast comer of the city; 7900-9000 Someplace in the n o r t hcast' corner; 5000-C200 Noplace in the southwest corner of West Lethbridge; and 6200 Ycsplace, somewhere the Picture Butte Highway posite the northern limit East Lethbridge. By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer A revolutionary system of house numbering is being pro- posed for West Lethbridge. Planners are proposing that a system of co-ordinates, simi- lar to that used by surveyors to pinpoirit a piece of property, be used to designate house ad- dresses. The address of a house would be determined by any one of a number of sets of co-ordinates which identify th8 property on which it sits. The present system of house numbering is arbitrary and gives a stranger clues as to where an address is, but the proposed system is precise and describes to within a few feet where the property is located. Under the proposed system a a person would have to travel only about 100 feet from a street corner to know ai which direc- tion he is travelling and in which direction he would have to go to locate the address he is seeking, whether it is two blocks or three miles away. All that would be required to locate a house in West L e t h- bridge would be two four-digit numbers (5920-6760 for ex- the co-ordinates. Plan- ners are proposing, however, that roads be named and used with the co-ordiniates as a fur- ther clue in locating the house (5920-6760 Parkway, for ex- The co-ordinate system in- volves superimposing a grid (a series of lines crossing each other at right angles) over a contour subdivision plan. West Lethbridge is contour-planned with streets laid out, to fit in with the lay of the land, rather than having them laid out on a north-south, east-west grid pattern. The point where the co-ordi- nates (imaginary lines, one from the west and one from the south) intersect at right angles, would become the house address. The system, beina nroMsed by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, w o u 1 d tie in with a world-wide co- ordinates scheme which is com- ing into being. Addressing by this system, if, approved by city council, will likely be the first in North America and perhaps the world. Universal use of the pro- posed system would, make it easier for travellers to find their way about in any city. Recent provincial legislation has adopted the co-ordinate sys- tem for mapping for several areas, including Lethbridge and other major cities. The university, road ways, parking lots, pipelines, power lines and other West Lethbridge developments were constructed by the use of the same co- ordinaets which would be used to describe addresses. Tho co-ordinate system will supplement and eventually dis- pense with the present town- ships, ranges, sections and leflal subdivisions system of land de- scriptions used in Alberta and other provinces. There are many other appli- cations being discovered which utilize the co-ordinate system. Ons other advantage of Using the co-ordinate system for a house address is that the per- son would have only one num- ber to remember which could be used for many other things such as computer billing and legal descriptions. The simplest method of find- ing an address will always be if streets are laid out on a grid system whereby they run at right angles to each other and all roads are straight. Because of the esthetics, quietness, and safety for chil- dren which results from not having through traffic, contour planning is here to stay. The problem of contour plan- ning, with its curved roads, crescents and cul de sacs will remain. The co-ordinate system, how- ever, will lead anyone to the general area of an address in a contour planned subdivision. With the present system of ad- dressing there are no clues at all. A person would know, for example, the exact location of a house in Lakeview but he would still have trouble finding which road leads to that house. The only solution to that prob- lem still is map. Planners agree that the Lake- view subdivision leaves a lot to be desired. However, they sug- gest that contour planning should not be scrapped because of this one bad example. They promise that West Lethbridge will be better laid out and named. With contour planning here to stay, planners say the coordi- nate system will get a person to the general area of the" address he seeks. With the proper naming of roads and by trial and error, the same 'as now, will be able to find the address sought. Your NEW Authorized Dealer TRUCKS AND STATION WAGONS UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Ave., 3rd St. S. Phone 327-1418 Bruce M. Alger Co-Owner WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS SOUTHALTA STEEL LTD. Cecil Holmes Co-Owner WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS 4 SOUTHALTA STEEL LTD. David Gowlland Co-Owner WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS SOUTHALTA STEEL LTD. Hank Vogt Co-Owner WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS SOUTHALTA STEEL LTD. Neiv Year Greetings To ONE and ALL Merv Fyfe Shop Foreman WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS SOUTHALTA STEEL LTD. Gordon Davidson Draftsman WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS t SOUTHALTA STEEL LTD. Fred Blumel Sales Representative WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS C SOUTHALTA STEEL LTD. ;