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Old 04-30-2004, 11:26 AM   #1
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Unhappy What does a "No Outlet" sign mean to you?

My fiancee and I were having a discussion this morning on this topic.

When I see a "No Outlet" sign, that means to me that when you pass that sign, and you want to leave that area, you will HAVE TO pass that sign on your way out.

My fiancee thinks it means that the street with the "No Outlet" sign ends, but that it can connect to other streets than you can leave through.

The reason this conversation came up is that during our commute to work this morning, traffice was heavy, so we decided to go on a "No Outlet" street, and actually made it through and avoided a bunch of traffic. After we got out of it, we started discussing the meaning of the sign, and I said it was misleading that they put a "No Outlet" sign up.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:26 AM   #2
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You check in.. but you don't check out.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:27 AM   #3
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They don't want the likes of you to drive thru their 'hood...



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Old 04-30-2004, 11:27 AM   #4
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exactly. no outlet means no outlet
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:27 AM   #5
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not the street to turn down while running from the cops
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:28 AM   #6
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No Outlet to me means there is no way out past the sign and you have to come back.

Now I must add... I do know of some streets where I can get out after the no outlet sign. But this is also because the roads out are newer roads and werent there probbaly when the no outlet sign was put up.

But since I live on a no outlet cul-de-sac I am one to think no outlet means you have to pass the sign again.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:28 AM   #7
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No Outlet = PC Dead End.

Dead End was too morbid.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:28 AM   #8
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I always thought they were like "Dead End" signs.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:28 AM   #9
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not the street to turn down while running from the cops
Ha - I'll have to remember that one.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:28 AM   #10
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You check in.. but you don't check out.


i think they want to keep traffic to a minimum on that road...like to only people who live on the street
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:29 AM   #11
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exactly. no outlet means no outlet
I think it's sort of symbolic that he was discussing a 'No Outlet' sign with his 'fiancee'. Especially so, since they were disagreeing.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:29 AM   #12
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my father's mother lives on a "No Outlet" road.. so to be funny he built a 10-foot-tall scale replica of an electrical outlet and put it up in her front yard. that was 30 years ago. it's still there. TTIWWOP, but i don't think i have any of it. it's funny though, trust me. or at least kind of weird.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:29 AM   #13
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CJ is right, fiancee is wrong. No wonder women have to stop for directions.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:30 AM   #14
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Yea, she'll probably pull a "No Outlet" sign out of her pants tonight

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I think it's sort of symbolic that he was discussing a 'No Outlet' sign with his 'fiancee'. Especially so, since they were disagreeing.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:31 AM   #15
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Haha.. just remember.. at the ceremony.. before you say I do.. imagine a GIANT No Outlet sign behind her head.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:31 AM   #16
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Not necessarily 'dead end' The road could go on for quite a long time after the sign, to me they just mean that you're going to have to turn around and come back to get back onto a main road.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:31 AM   #17
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Yea, she'll probably pull a "No Outlet" sign out of her pants tonight
You mean DO NOT ENTER? or DEAD END?
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:31 AM   #18
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You mean DO NOT ENTER? or DEAD END?
ONE WAY.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:49 AM   #19
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More than anything, it is for emergency vehicles who may have to enter that particular tract. They are somewhat of a relic as most municipal planning now requires "emergency secondary access" as a part of development. This is also why there are turnaround "bulbs" immediately in front of gated communities and why , if you look for them, you can see access gates within tracts that are never used and may even have lawn or other landscape in front of them.

From a planning standpoint, fire departments typically want a) to be able to enter an area that may have many residents leaving at the same time, and b) the ability to manuever w/o having to back up.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:49 AM   #20
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CJ is right, fiancee is wrong. No wonder women have to stop for directions.
actually, he misquoted me. i said that a no outlet was a dead end, as was mentioned above.


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Old 04-30-2004, 11:50 AM   #21
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Not necessarily 'dead end' The road could go on for quite a long time after the sign, to me they just mean that you're going to have to turn around and come back to get back onto a main road.

So, really, a dead end.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:51 AM   #22
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You shut up.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:58 AM   #23
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A lot of times they put those signs up on streets that are good "cut throughs" in order to keep everybody from avoiding a stoplight or whatever. The average driver will heed the warning and sit there in traffic. Kinda keeps the residenial areas residential. I know of 3 or 4 streets like that around my area that most people think are just dead ends.
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