A correspondent complains of the neglect of the municipal authorities in cities, towns and villages to distinctly mark the names of stfeets on the edifices erected thereon. We have ourselves suffered much inconvenience from this omission when in strange localities, and we think with our correspondent that the authorities should take the matter in hand, and see that a general and thorough marking of streets' names takes place at every corner, and so distinctly and free from such obstructions as awning3, as to enable a person in an omnibus to distinguish them. There are several contiguoua blocks in this city where the old houses that had the names of the street on them have given way to magnificent edifices, having every decoration and costly ornament lavished upon their exteriors, but the trifling expenditure for the name of the street has either been thoughtlessly or wilfully neglected. If, as is suggested, there is a law passed compelling every builder who takes down the name of a street to replace it after the new building is erected, and the authorities act as before-mentioned, the difficulty complained of would be at once remedied, and strangers as well as residents, would be saved much un-Heoi B Sary annoyance and trouble.
This article was originally published with the title "Marking the Corners of Streets" in Scientific American 13, 43, 344 (July 1858)