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:

    If you would learn to write, ‘t is in the street you must learn it. Both for the vehicle and for the aims of fine arts you must frequent the public square. The people, and not the college, is the writer’s home.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The harlot’s cry from street to street
    Shall weave old England’s winding sheet.
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    Christopher Cross: You shouldn’t be alone in the street so late at night.
    Kitty March: I was coming home from work.
    Christopher Cross: You work this late?
    Kitty March: Mmm, hmmm.
    Christopher Cross: What do you do?
    Kitty March: Guess.
    Christopher Cross: You’re an actress.
    Kitty March: Oh, you are clever!
    Dudley Nichols (1895–1960)