Is It possible to number polygons based on distance from a source?

Discussion created by Yaxyakalagalis on Jul 6, 2012
I'm trying to renumber/automatically number polygons for a marine plan, I have several hundred polygons and would like to know if it's possible to number them from north-west to south-east in increasing increments.  They are scattered around from north to south and from east to west, think counties in the US.
I have an arcinfo license, and spatial analyst, (trial for 3d analyst for another month)

If that's not clear I can answer any other questions.
Thank you in advance.
Brian Svanvik
Namgis First Nation
GIS Technician