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Remind me again what the point is?

I think this takes an incredibly narrow view of addresses.

Many times they aren't just a number on a street -- one street can go by multiple names, one street can have multiple identical numbers (seriously try living outside of the US for a while). So what Google does is allow for flexibility. And it works. Quite well. It's not perfect, but that's because the real world didn't have an IA or DBA designing it.

Also, all those / can't be good for SEO...

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