[Tagging] boundary=town, place=town

Georg Feddern osm at bavarianmallet.de
Sun Jan 9 14:13:09 GMT 2011

Steve Bennett schrieb:
> Although...that just raises a different question: what's the
> difference between a town mapped out as an area (place=town) and a
> town mapped with a boundary=administrative, admin_level=8 (plus
> relation).
> I guess there is no difference, just two different ways of expressing
> the same thing. Along with the subtle distinction between a town
> *area* and a boundary *way*.

at least in Germany place=town (area) is often used for the complete 
"settled area" with buildings.
(In German there is an administrative term "geschlossene Ortschaft".)
Whereas the boundary is the administrative border, often a quite bigger 
area including surrounding rural parts.


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