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Earlier this month, BBC News published an article titled Six ways to never get lost in a city again.
While reading the six tips, we found that the majority of them were not very useful in our Washington, DC neighborhood of Penn Quarter. So, why not create our own list? Here it is, but please contribute your ideas in the comments section, too!
- Every DC resident knows about the L’Enfant plan that gave us a nice grid system of lettered and numbered roads to work with. Just walk one block in any direction while observing street signs and you’ll know which direction you’re headed.
- Uphill or downhill? The numbered streets of DC slope downhill in the direction of the National Mall.
- Street sign block numbers; maybe this is a little more advanced for DC dwellers and probably the most useful. Underneath every street name is a set of numbers indicating the block number. On the west side of the intersection, the numbers go up and on the east side, the numbers go down.
- Catching a glimpse of the Washington Monument or Old Post Office tower. Generally, if you’re in Penn Quarter, these landmarks are better to use than trying to observe the direction of cloud movement as the BBC article suggests.
- Using the map & compass on your smart phone, typing in the name of your destination and getting instantaneous walking directions.