The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 September 2005

We live where?

Standardized postal addresses make life easier for big bulk mailers (like we can get any of our customers to use the farging things), but they can frustrate the people who actually live at those addresses.

Which may be why The Village City Council passed a resolution objecting to the practice of addressing mail to The Village as "Oklahoma City" (73120); the Postal Service, said a spokesperson, does not recognize The Village as a city.

Neither does USPS.com, evidently; I keyed half a dozen Village addresses into their ZIP lookup and came away empty-handed, or empty-formed, or something.

Bethany has its own post office, but its delivery area doesn't quite coincide with the city limits; there are a couple of nooks and crannies along the irregular town line which don't quite match up to the legal boundaries. And Oklahoma City being enormously spread out, there are extensive areas of the city where the mail goes to one of the suburbs, usually Edmond or Yukon or Spencer.

This is not exactly unheard of elsewhere. The New York post office serves Manhattan only; Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island have their own post offices, and Queens has a whole flock of them. The Los Angeles post office serves only the central area; the San Fernando Valley has plenty of offices of its own, as does the San Pedro / Wilmington / Harbor City area. And this doesn't even begin to get into Beverly Hills 90210 (which, if I remember correctly, will have an Inglewood postmark, just like Compton 90220).

But for sheer weirdness, you have to go to Nicoma Park, in the eastern half of Oklahoma County. They have a post office (73066), but it delivers only to boxes: street addresses are divided between Oklahoma City (73141) and Choctaw (73020).

Posted at 6:19 AM to City Scene


This looks funny to me:
John Smith
123 Nonesuch Rd*
The Village, OK 73120

I like The Village, and I'd love to live there, but I'd still prefer the OKC address.

* - Yes, Nonesuch Rd is in OKC, I know

Posted by: Dan at 5:47 PM on 23 September 2005

Can we assume that all the residents of that area are tired of "The Village People" jokes?

Posted by: hatless in hattiesburg at 7:11 PM on 23 September 2005

You should see what we say about Warr Acres (73122).

Posted by: CGHill at 7:25 PM on 23 September 2005