[Tagging] Neighborhood Gateway Signs?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 03:11:11 UTC 2018

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 9:45 PM Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 8:35 PM Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 8:48 PM Joseph Eisenberg <
>> joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Here in Indonesia it is very common for neighbors to build sign over
>>> the main entrance to their neighborhood, with the name of the
>>> neighborhood on top and some other info on the two columns supporting
>>> the sign.
>> For all the examples you give, they're not very useful as signs in terms
>> of giving directions, and they have a more ceremonial role. I wonder if
>> what we're dealing with isn't a public sculpture.
>  I can only speak of Tulsa and Portland examples as those are the two
> metros where I've seen these most prolifically, though if you look on the
> back of many stop signs or the left side of the street after an
> intersection at the edge of a district (neighborhood), there will be a
> round sign (probably using a blank W10-1) with the district's logo.  These
> signs line the perimeter of the district, making it possible to form the
> administrative boundary of the district.

Interesting, but not exactly the ceremonial gateway to a neighbourhood.
Where I grew up, there are a lot of ceremonial gateposts, but less
elaborate, more like what you see in https://goo.gl/maps/uCT5EAEjGCn .
Come to think of it, the subdivision where I live now still has a couple of
its signs https://goo.gl/maps/F2YG14g1jfr.   There was one village near
where I grew up that had actual, functioning gates on the roads going in
and out - for an unknown reason, it wasn't a gated community. They're long
gone, but you can see where they were in spots like
https://goo.gl/maps/PsuvSPU9Pj72 .

I've not mapped any of these gateways; the most I've done is to map the
boundary of the subdivision and tag it landuse=residential name=Orchard Park

Georgia puts its county road numbers inconspicuously on vertical green
signs - shaped a lot like many states' mileposts, and maybe they are
painted on the same stock as their freeway mileposts - on the back of STOP

But I still think that the gateways that Joseph describes are most likely
public sculptures rather than useful boundary markers - particularly if
they are unofficial and erected by the residents.
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