[Tagging] landuse=residential and named residential areas which belong together (neighbourhoods/subdivisions?)

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Wed Aug 31 20:25:05 BST 2011

On 08/31/2011 06:03 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> 2011/8/31 Greg Troxel<gdt at ir.bbn.com>:
>> I thought the issue was that there are two distinct concepts:
>>   boundaries, where there is some legal distinction and a precise edge
>>   place names, which have more or less indistinct boundaries.
> just because they have no legal status does not mean there aren't
> distinct limits. Usually / often there are. There can be natural
> limits (cliffs, rivers, lakes, woods, ...) and man_made limits (big
> streets and motorways, railways, ...), the limits might also be soft
> or social / cultural / ethnic / economic / structural / typological /
> historic, ...

It is very typical is to have/just one clear edge/ (e.g. shantytown is 
definitely "west of the railroad tracks").  The rest is a matter of 
perspective and interpretation, which is not a very firm foundation for 

That leaves:

   1. registered administrative boundaries (as legally defined: often
      co-incident with an existing boundary (e.g. the City and County
      and State borders are all the same)).

   2. non-administrative places as nodes (with indistinct or at least
      undefined edges)

   3. non-administrative places as areas (which I think is more rare
      than this discussion has been suggesting).

The main goal should be so the name search box gets you to the right area?
We want to capture all the alternative names, so that when someone 
searches with OSM they get a better result than commercial maps?

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