"The street" to me is any public place, urban or rural or in between. Life happens here.
"The 'street' in 'street photography' does not refer to a location or a subject; it identifies an idiom. A street photographer walks into situations nobody controls in order to discover what can be made of them as pictures. She commits to contingency as a coauthor, as war photographers do, but her object is art, not news."
––“People Watching” by Joel Smith, review of One, Two, Three, More by Helen Levitt, in The New York Review, February 22, 2018