Street

A street is a paved public thoroughfare in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. A street can be as simple as a level patch of dirt, but is more often paved with a hard, durable surface such as concrete, cobblestone or brick. Portions may also be smoothed with asphalt, embedded with rails, or otherwise prepared to accommodate non-pedestrian traffic.

Originally the word "street" simply meant a paved road (Latin: "via strata"). The word "street" is still sometimes used colloquially as a synonym for "road", for example in connection with the ancient Watling Street, but city residents and urban planners draw a crucial modern distinction: a road's main function is transportation, while streets facilitate public interaction. Examples of streets include pedestrian streets, alleys, and city-centre streets too crowded for road vehicles to pass. Conversely, highways and motorways are types of roads, but few would refer to them as streets.

Read more about Street:  Etymology, Role in The Built Environment, As Distinct From Other Spaces

Famous quotes containing the word street:

    At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
    Albert Camus (1913–1960)

    One must always be aware, to notice—even though the cost of noticing is to become responsible.
    Thylias Moss, African American poet. As quoted in the Wall Street Journal (May 12, 1994)