Coming Soon: An open database of every U.S. addressBy
The Department of Transportation is in the very early stages of trying to build the first publicly-accessible database of every address in the country.
Well, this is news, indeed. Our government hasn’t spent enough money building two of these databases (USPS and Census), so we’ll go make a third one. Logic and fiscal concerns would suggest that permitting use of the address data of the Census would make the most sense. After all, they check it no less than every ten years, and I suspect they work to keep adding new addresses in the interval. How the USPS and Census data would compare in accuracy is a question we’ll leave aside.
Our thanks to Larry Chaido of Transglobal Consultants for bringing this to our attention.