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My thoughts exactly. In many foreign countries, the "street address" for a particular location is literally just a name. For example, in Costa Rica, the address for a house we stayed in was something like "The Blue House." No number and no street name.

I'm sure if one were to try hard enough, they could find issues with this scheme in the US as well.




This is a famous issue, with reams of research around navigation tools based on landmarks. Comments directly from Google:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/go-thataway-google-ma...

The idea of a human usable URL would be that they'd compose the hierarchy of address URL using local addressing standards and end up with a pin at the right spot.

My understanding is this is one eventual goal of Street View database: to be able to use image recognition (street names, street numbers, buildings, landmarks, etc) to more correctly locate pins.

http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrust...

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>My understanding is this is one eventual goal of Street View database: to be able to use image recognition (street names, street numbers, buildings, landmarks, etc) to more correctly locate pins.

They're now using reCAPTCHA to assist with that: http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/29/google-now-using-recaptcha-...

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Fascinating! I really think geocoding has a long way to go. Google is doing a pretty good job at it (as opposed to Apple for example), but there is still a long way to go. Reverse geocoding will always remain a bit more tricky though, as some places just have multiple names. You never know which one is going to offend which people.

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