Re: This is great
Do you get to vote on when/where a new lamp-post, stop sign, traffic light or no-entry sign goes? No, the city decides autonomously where to put them, what colour, height etc. The city does not review the need for its own street furniture one-by-one with citizens, giving them the opportunity to vote/veto/support them.
London has 500,000 streetlights, 6000 sets of traffic lights. With over 60,000 streets, there's around 200,000 street name plates and several million Stop/Give Way, Humps Ahead, (No) Parking, 1-Way, 2-Way, Speed Limit, Bus/Cycle Lane, Directions etc all installed without so much as a by your leave.
That's just one large city. Other cities and jurisdictions will differ - there are approx 150 Million wooden telephone poles in the USA.
So a typical 5G Small Cell will be the size of a typical speed limit sign, why should you care where these are placed when you do not care where speed limit signs or 'No Parking signs are placed?