W.Va. assigns addresses to its rural areas

01/9/2013 | Atlantic, The

Some rural residents in West Virginia lack addresses, but the state is working to change that. Some people welcome the change -- the lack of addresses makes it harder to get packages delivered and for ambulances to find people in distress -- but others are less enthusiastic. "City-style addresses make the rural landscape more legible to the state," said Reuben Rose-Redwood, a geographer at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. "They make it easier for the government to find and tax residents, and for commercial marketers to profile rural areas."

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