[Tagging] RFC: place=quarter, Parts of settlements, proposed hierarchy: suburb -> quarter -> neighbourhood

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 14:04:32 BST 2011

2011/9/28 Brad Neuhauser <brad.neuhauser at gmail.com>:
> Martin, I'm not sure the NYC example is helping.  You mentioned this was
> discussed on the German mailing list--can you give some other examples from
> Germany (or whereever) about how this might be used?  Thanks, Brad

You might have a look at Rome (we are currently discussing about how
to deal with the various toponyms on the local ML, so consider this

On the administrative level there is the comune di Roma
(admin_level=8) municipalities (admin_level=10) and zone urbanistiche
(urban zones, admin_level=11) [1]

In settlement geography (toponyms) there is
* suburbs (OSM definition): quartieri, suburbi and zone dell'Agro [2]
maybe also some of the "other toponyms" (see [3])
* quarters: Rioni, other toponyms used by the locals (the bigger
places), often called after an important monument or a geographical
feature [3]
* neighbourhoods: other toponyms (smaller places) like Lottizzazioni,
Piani di Zona, other Toponyms as listed in [4]


Sorry that I linked the Italian pages, but the English ones weren't satisfying.

Probably not all settlements will have all levels. According to the
size you will be able to map parts of settlements with these proposed
new values and give the map recipient an idea about the level of the
part in respect to the other entities around. Tagging a part of a
village as suburb would be misleading because this part will not have
the same importance or size like the part of a big city, so you could
decide to tag it place=neighbourhood (without having any "suburb" or
"quarter" in the village). On the other hand, like you can see in Rome
or in NYC, having just 2 levels for the parts is not sufficient for
big cities.


(probably, awaiting confermation that these are administrative and
their boundaries correspond to the municipalities without

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_di_Roma (maybe)



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