The Smallest City Block in the World

Good morning, all of you fine, lovely people!

According to their website, Dothan, Alabama¬†is “one of the region’s most progressive cities.” I drove in from Florida, and I can tell you it is probably true. Of course, this is mainly because it is one of the ONLY cities in the region.

However, the art deco-ness of the high school makes me very happy.

If you can see it…these pictures never come out big enough.

Perhaps Dothan is progressive because they have THE SMALLEST CITY BLOCK IN THE WORLD- N. Appletree and Museum St., Dothan, AL.



I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking what my buddy Brian was thinking when I told him about this place: aren’t city blocks a standard, regulated size? To quote Brian, “that’s like claiming to have the world’s smallest centimeter!”

I did some research, and it turns out this is not true. According to, city blocks differ in sizes. Engineers have a typical city block size, but an actual city block is not required to be a particular size. To quote the website, “Portland Oregon’s downtown city block is 68,000, while Chicago’s uses a double block size of 217,000. The average city has from 15 to 20 blocks per mile, which range from a 264′ to 352′ frontage which is usually a square, or about 69,000 to 123,000 sq. ft. or 1.60 to 2.84 Acres.”

Sorry, Brian.


I know what else you’re thinking… “it’s a chunk of land in an intersection, that does not make it a city block.”

… six of one, half a dozen of the other, some might say.

In any case, this is the area that has claimed the title “Smallest City Block in the World.” Go take a picture, and go see the art deco high school building.

Until next time, dahlings…

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