[Tagging] Residential=rural, =urban?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Apr 11 09:25:16 UTC 2019

How do you tag an area of 2 level houses in (suburban) Moscow?

In the USA, it’s common to have 1 to 2 level detached houses in “old”
neighborhoods near a city center which are considered “urban”.

And what about neighborhoods in Asian that are all single-level houses, but
very close together (sometimes attaches to sharing side walks). This can be
seen in old town and city neighborhoods here in Indonesia

 <ilya at zverev.info> wrote:

> You are mostly correct, =rural is for quarter areas (that are bonded by
> streets and have no streets inside) that contain mostly one- or two-level
> houses, and =urban is for bigger (~4-5 levels), usually detached apartment
> buildings. The value of the tag is mostly used to assume height of
> buildings and in population density calculations. In high-rise areas and
> inner city blocks, buildings usually have more detailed tagging, that
> includes their height, type and possibly even number of entrances. These
> areas should also have residential=urban on their landuse.
> The value is easy to determine from aerial imagery, so it allows for
> better area markup without surveying each building’s parameters.
> Ilya
> > On 11 Apr 2019, at 08:45, Ture Pålsson <ture at turepalsson.se> wrote:
> >
> > 2019-04-10 10:28 a écrit Joseph Eisenberg:
> >> [...]
> >> Does anyone feel like doing some research into how these tags is
> >> actually used, so that the wiki page can match? Or has anyone used
> >> this tag themselves?
> >
> > I took a quick look in Sweden. There are only a few hundred of them
> (369, to be exact, in my database), nearly(?) all by the same mapper. The
> residential=rural ones seem to be single houses or small groups of houses
> in the countryside. The residential=urban ones are mostly groups of
> detached houses within a village or town (like this one:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/209513955). If that is "urban", I'm not
> sure how to tag high-rise areas or inner-city blocks!
> >
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