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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 11:58 PM
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Feng shui alters Bay Area city's rules for addresses
Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Feng shui alters Bay Area city's rules for addresses

Developers worry residences' digits may clash with ancient beliefs about good and bad luck.
By The Associated Press

HAYWARD -- Developers looking to maximize the marketability of their homes are complaining about the city's street address rules, which they say can scare off buyers who practice the ancient Chinese art of feng shui.

Under a numbering system established by Alameda County in the 1950s, addresses are assigned based on how far the homes are from downtown Oakland, a method that puts five digits on almost every mailbox in Hayward and other cities in the county. Home builders recently raised concerns that they may decrease property values because the odds are greater that an address will carry a number considered unlucky by feng shui practitioners.

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City Council members voted unanimously last week to allow the builders of an upscale development to use shorter street numbers. In seeking the waiver, the builders cited convenience concerns as well as the potential for violating feng shui precepts, according to Richard Patenaude, a Hayward city planner.

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electron_blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 11:59 PM
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1. I love it! The bay is just so very different.
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GrumpyGreg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 12:11 AM
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2. This kind of stuff could cause chaos for the PO.
I worked for the telephone company and you can't imagine how many people had unlucky numbers and didn't want them in their phone number.

This was very interesting with the telephone exchange 666----Don't ask !!!!!

And this was in Eastern Mass,not the bible belt.
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amitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 01:05 AM
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8. Yeah...maybe a little too different.
If this is seriously a consideration for many home buyers, we are in trouble. Satisfying someones obscure superstition shouldn't be a consideration when building a home (unless it's your home and you're building it yourself).
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Kiouni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 12:11 AM
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3. So my zip
code is the reason why i have been getting the clap it all makes sense now!
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 12:17 AM
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4. LOL Kiouni
Welcome to DU :toast:
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Technowitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 12:17 AM
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5. That, and the hookers
Edited on Wed Dec-28-05 12:17 AM by Technowitch
;)

Welcome to DU
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justgamma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 12:25 AM
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6. Good thing I'm not supersticious. I've got a big 13 on my house.
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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 12:31 AM
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7. Oh what BS!
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amitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 01:07 AM
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9. No kidding. And I love California, but could never live there with
all that kind of crap. I just get the willies and keep thinking, "Good Christ, would these people grow UP already???" :eyes:
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