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A street is a 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 tarmac, 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 informally 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.

Street Media

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Letter to Francis Street, Philadelphia
Interior of New York, Provost Street and Chapel
Vue de George's street a Sydney. (Nouvelle Galles du Sud.).
Street in the village of Nohcacab.
The Saratoga Street African Baptist Chapel. The building, of which the above cut is an imperfect representation, fronts as above 100 feet on Saratoga street, and 46 feet on Calvert street. The house is of brick, and cost over $18,000. (see page 45)
Howard ambulance, front and side view, on city street.
U.S. Sanitary Commission : Lodge 4, 389 H Street, Washington, D.C.
Howard ambulance, rear and side view, tailgate up, on city street.
Entrance to office of Sanitary Commission. No. 8 Cherry Street, Nashville, Tenn.
Occupation of Baltimore by General Butler. Union troops passing down Lee Street, May 12, 1861. Portion of Boston artillery flanked by Infantry of the 6th Mass. regiment to Federal Hill
Views within the city : a. to so called Tower of Antonia in the street leading the St. Stephen's Gate; b. Street El-Wad or of the Valley
Views in the city : a. ancient fountain in the street El-Wad; b. Church of St. Anne with north face of the Pool of Bethesda
Open cutting behind a portion of Victoria street.
Sketch of the heaviest cast iron girder used on Craven Hill Street.
Sketch of middle level sewer as carried over open cutting; sketch of form of the fleet street sewer as carried over the line near Kings Cross Station.
Cross secional view of proposed patented system of elevated railway, at the intersection of Broadway and Chambers street.
Plan of tunnel at street stations; section of tunnel at street station.
A plan for an elevated railway for New York City, from Chambers Street to Kings Bridge.
New York Arcade Railway. (view up Broadway, from Pine Street), original plan, including sidewalks, 1868.
Map of the centennial grounds and vicinity, Philadelphia: showing the approaches by steam and street railways
Map of the centennial grounds and vicinity, Philadelphia: showing the approaches by steam and street railways
View of Ikao Street
Street in Yenoshima
Juneau City, Main Street. 19th Century Alaska Sterescope Card.
Theatre Street, Yokohama
Broadway, at 33rd Street.
33rd Street.
7th Street.
House in which Henry George was born, Sept. 2nd 1839. Tenth Street near Lombard, Philadelphia, Pa.
The Klondike. Street scene and dog team, Dawson City.
Frank E. Downs. Trip to Nome, Alaska, May to Sept. 1900: Front Street; Boat hotel in Snake River. Taken at Nome, midnight June 21, 1900; Ships before Nome. There is no harbor, all supplies coming ashore on lighters. 1 to 1½  miles out; Beach and sea.
Frank E. Downs. Trip to Nome, Alaska, May to Sept. 1900: Front Street, after storm, where houses were carried across street by surf; Wrecks in front of Nome; Pumping plant, before and after storm; Frank's camp near windmill.
Frank E. Downs. Trip to Nome, Alaska, May to Sept. 1900: Barge "Skookum" beached by Sept. storm. The Skookum carried one and one half million feet of lumber, over six hundred head of livestock, and a lot of passengers, to Nome; In front of Nome, after storm. Skookum in distance. Sept. 1900; Rear of Front Street, Nome after Sept. storm of 1900, the same lighter, on beach, appears in these three pictures (?); Remains of gasolene plant, Sept. 1900.
Frank E. Downs. Trip to Nome, Alaska, May to Sept. 1900: Front Street, Nome.  Parallel with beach and 2 or 3 miles long; Midnight. June 21, 1900. Nome street; Street scene - Front; Nome mud. After the thaw began horses would sink to the body in mud. Shows beginning of plank road, 1900.
Frank E. Downs. Trip to Nome, Alaska, May to Sept. 1900: Reflections in mud, Front St.; Nome street, Front; Temporary barracks; Another view of barracks.
Looking up Lincoln Street, Sitka, Alaska.
59th Street circle
View of Lenox Avenue, Harlem, at 135th Street, showing businesses, pedestrians and shoe-shine stand, March 23, 1939.
Broadway & 49th Street.
59th Street circle.
Broadway & 99th Street.
Broadway & 132nd Street.
Broadway & 142nd Street.
59th Street circle.
60th Street Station.
Broadway & 122nd Street.
42d Street between 5th & 6th Avenue.
Broadway & 89th Street.
33rd Street & 4th Avenue.
59th Street circle.
60th Street Station.
Broadway & 62nd Street.
Broadway & 62nd Street.
Broadway & 62nd Street.
Broadway & 50 Street.
60th Street station.
Broadway & 139th Street.
Broadway & 135th Street.
Salt Lake City, Brigham Young's house center of picture, on corner of street. Mormon College; Salt Lake City, Brigham Young's house and Eagle Gate (see eagle 2/3 way up picture); "Amelia House", residence of B's favorite wife; Tabernacle and Temple, Salt Lake City.
Small water mains between street surface and subway roof, substituted for one large main - 125th Street and Lenox Avenue; special construction of 6 1/2 foot sewer, under Chatham Square.
28th Street Station.
58th Street power house - general plan of coal bunkers and economizers; 58th Street power house - general plan of main operating floor.
Plaque showing beaver at Astor Place Station; Express Station at 14th Street, showing island and mezzanine platforms and stairs connecting them.
Support of elevated railway station at 42d Street and Sixth Avenue.
Sewer siphon at 149th Street and Railroad Avenue; Concrete sewer back of electric duct manhole - Broadway and 58th Street.
Completed arch at Manhattan street.
Moving west side wall to widen subway for third track - 135th Street and Broadway; subway through new "Time" building, showing independent construction - the workmen stand on floor girders of subway.
Coal unloading tower on west 58th Street pier.
Difficult pipe work - Broadway and 70th Street.
Plan 28th Street & 4th Avenue Station.
34th Street and Park Avenue, looking south.
Four-track subway - showing cross-over south of 18th Street Station.
Section of subway at Pearl Street, surface railway tracks supported over excavation on upper Broadway.
Supporting elevated railroad by extension girder - 64th Street and Broadway.
Three pipes substituted for large brick sewer at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue.
Three-track concrete arch - 117th Street and Broadway.
Concrete sewer back of side wall, Broadway and 56th Street; Large gas and water pipes, relaid behind each side wall on Elm Street.
Special riveted rectangular water pipe, over roof of subway at 126th Street and Lenox Avenue.
Columns of Hotel Belmont, passing through subway at 42d Street and Park Avenue.
West side of Columbus Circle Station (60th Street) - Illuminated by daylight coming through vault lights; caravel and wall decoration.
Subdivision of 36" and 30" gas mains over roof of subway - 66th Street and Broadway.
The Wyoming, Southeast corner of Seventh Avenue and Fifty-fifth Street.
The Dorilton. No. 171 West Seventy-first Street.
Hendrik Hudson Apartments. Cathedral Parkway (110th Street), Broadway and Riverside Drive.
Stanley Court, Northwest corner West End Avenue and 106th Street.
Street Index: [Lee Avenue?]-York Street.
The Peter Stuyvesant, Northeast corner Riverside Drive and 98th Street. (In course of construction.)
The Washington Irving, Southeast corner Broadway and One hundred and twelfth Street ; Columbia Library ; Grant's Tomb, Barnard College ; Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
The Clarendon, S. E. corner Riverside Drive and Eighty-sixth Street. Plan of 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th & 12th floors.
The Clarendon, S. E. corner Riverside Drive and Eighty-sixth Street ; Plan of 4th, 6th, 8th, 1oth & 11th floors.
Apartment house No. 28 E. 55th Street, corner Madison Avenue ; Floor plan.
Rossleigh Court, Northwest corner of 85th Street and Central Park West.
Hendrik Hudson Addition, Broadway and Cathedral Parkway (110th Street).
The Terrace Court, Riverside Drive and 93rd Street.
The Chatsworth and Annex, 72nd Street ad Riverside Drive.
Westbourne Court, southeast corner Broadway and 140th Street. Plan of first floor; Typical upper floor plan.
Imperial Arms, northwest corner Riverside Drive and 138th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Illinois and Michigan, Nos. 511 and 517 West 113th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
The Clifden, southeast corner Riverside Drive and 99th Street.
The Ravenwood, southwest corner Broadway and 180th Street; Plan of first floor; Plan of upper floors.
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