[Tagging] Neighborhood Gateway Signs?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 04:56:14 UTC 2018

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:44 PM Joseph Eisenberg <
joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:

> Please look at the examples in Indonesia. They are not sculptures or
> artwork. And they are erected by the very local government at the
> neighborhood level. The large sculptural signs in San Diego are rather
> artistic, but they are put up by the government or with government approval
> at least, because they span the street.

The local government is often the patron of artwork. There are towns and
villages near me that have a fair amount of government-erected public
sculpture that is there simply to express civic pride or entertain
visitors. It's for you to decide whether the objects that you wish to map
are there to decorate or to direct. I don't think the fact that a
government sponsored them necessarily determines that.

In the case I gave of the Northville-Placid Trail arch, it was erected
intentionally for tourism - so that hikers starting or finishing the trek
could have a spot for a photo-op or some other ceremony to mark their
aspiration or accomplishment. It's a much better site for such an emotional
moment than the former terminus, which was a rather nondescript road
intersection in the middle of the village. I had previously walked the
entire length of the trail as it then stood, but I felt a much greater
sense of completion when I came back a couple of months later, hiked the
newly-opened southernmost section and strode through the arch. "Now I can
truly say I've done the whole thing!'

In the cases I gave of gates at the entrance to American subdivisions,
their purpose is chiefly to advertise the developer, and they tend to fall
into disrepair once all the houses in the subdivision are sold. Once in a
while, a village or a residents' association might spruce them up a bit.

In the case of the Portland Chinatown gate, I really more or less saw the
purpose as shouting, "Welcome, tourists! Here's Chinatown! We're proud of
the place! Please come in and spend lots of money!" (Which is a reasonably
legitimate reason for a government to erect such an artifact - it's called
promoting the local economy.,)

Another consideration is that these are overhead “barriers” for tall
> vehicles. A full-size truck / lorry can fit under the American ones, but
> not under the gateway signs in Indonesia, so these are significant for
> routing.

Then by all means put maxheight=* on the ways going under them! I believe
that lorry routers are supposed to honour that tag.
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