[Tagging] named spots in settlements (toponyms)

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Mar 27 16:12:39 UTC 2017

In a recent changeset discussion, we have concluded that the best thing
might be asking here for opinions.

This question is about toponyms. Usually these are tagged within the
place-tags (some might be found in "natural" etc.). Someone wants to map
named spots in the city, although there are no signs, these names are
commonly known in the town (one name derives for example from a former shop
at this spot, another name from a student's fraternity nearby). These are
points, not areas (in reality), and they do not refer to settlement parts,
so the tagging that is currently applied (place=neighbourhood) doesn't seem

One alternative could be place=locality. The wiki writes that locality is
about "unpopulated places", and I am not sure how to interpret this. Is
this to exclude settlements and their parts (i.e. the object with this tag
shall not represent something with population), or is it about the location
(outside vs. inside of a settlement)?

Shall we make the wiki for place=locality clearer, or should we invent a
new place value for named spots inside populated areas?

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