Addison's Zip Flip

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How's this for irony?  When you mail a letter to Addison's Mayor at Town Hall, the address is Dallas TX  Addison Zip Code75254, not Addison TX  75001!  What????

Addison is relatively small by Dallas standards, about 15,000 residents. There used to be 5 zip codes for Addison ten years ago, but a new post office with state of the art facilities was constructed and most Addison postal customers voted to receive their mail from the new facility with a 75001 zip.  The measure did not pass in 75254, thus the two zip codes for the town.

The 75254 zip code encompasses the area south of Beltline Road and east of Addison Road.  And it gets pretty confusing.  Take the addresses of two businesses on the north east corner of Beltline and Addison Roads, right next door to each other. Both share the same parking lot.  Pei Wei's main entrance faces south and it's address is Dallas.  Thomas Reprographics faces west and has an Addison address.  Huh?

The post office has a petition process to change zip codes. A majority (50.1%) of the petition respondents will have to vote in favor of the change to consolidate all of Addison into one zip code.

Advantages of one zip for all of Addison:

  • faster mail delivery
  • faster response in emergency situations (if you've got an Addison address, you'll get Addison's police, EMT &/or fire)
  • clear identification through Addison's branding
  • elimination of inter-jurisdictional confusion (no property tax bills from the city of Dallas)
  • best of both worlds (Still want a Dallas address? Get a Dallas PO Box.)

There are not many homes in Addison's 75254.  Residences in the Oaks North subdivision, the estates area, and the new Stanford Court townhouses use this zip code.  Most of the postal customers that this will affect are businesses and restaurants. Let's hope they see how this will benefit them.

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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Lorrie... somehow simple matters like this that make logical sense on some level always get caught up in economics.  Businesses always site the expense of notifying customers and chaning letterhead, business cards, etc. as a reason not to switch.  It's similar to the business backlash when the Dallas City Council wanted to rename one of the dowtown streets for Cesar Chavez.  Nobody dislikes Cesar Chavez, but the cost and hassle involved with any address change just makes evertyone think twice.

Apr 12, 2009 05:23 AM #1
Donna Harris
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I used to live in 75248 and parts of that was Addison as that was my address... however, some friends got towed from my complex one day, and we told her to say Dallas as the fees were cheaper.  And for those people wanting a Dallas address, as long as the zip is correct, you can put whatever city name you want.

Apr 12, 2009 05:42 PM #2
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