[openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website] Search or Directions doesn't prioritise nearby locations (#2356)

Eliot Blennerhassett notifications at github.com
Fri Aug 23 01:55:29 UTC 2019

In my experience, neither Search nor Directions prioritise nearby places.

## Search
Example: I start here Christchurch City, New Zealand. https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=12/-43.5315/172.5830
Search for "cashmere high school", which is in the view.  The map jumps to Washington, USA.

Desired result:  Select the closest, order by distance.

## Directions
Then select the correct (2nd) entry,  click Directions arrow button, and put pin on the school.christchurch   Enter "airport" into the destination box, click GO.

Result: Destination filled in with "Airport, Access to Metro 'Aeroporto', Olivais, Santa Maria de Olivais, Lisbon, Grande Lisboa, Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, 1700-008, Portugal"
Routing displays:"Couldn't find a route between those two places."

Change destination to "Christchurch Airport",
Result: Destination="Spence, B4234, Lydbrook, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, South West England, England, GL17 9NS, United Kingdom".
Routing displays:"Couldn't find a route between those two places."

Unlike the Search results, there is no list of found places to select from, the first one is always used.

Desired result: Closest reachable destination used(?) or at least a selection of found places to choose from.

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