[Tagging] Avoid using place=locality - find more specific tags instead

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 06:58:05 UTC 2019

On 17/04/19 15:48, Graeme Fitzpatrick wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Apr 2019 at 12:21, Joseph Eisenberg 
> <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com <mailto:joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I have reviewed all the features tagged as place=locality in 2 places
>     in the USA and 2 in Europe, and found that 3 out of 4, place=locality
>     is usually used for features that could be tagged with a more specific
>     tag.
> Thanks for your extremely detailed research Joseph!
> Have just done some checking around our area & found that a lot of the 
> place=locality listings should probably be =suburb or =neighbourhood 
> (& a lot of them were done by me, so I'll have to go in & fix them all!).
> Couple to get an opinion on though, please.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/4313816641#map=14/-28.1502/153.3205 is 
> Austinville, which is the area located along the length of Austinville 
> Road. Austinville is a valid locality name, but there is no actual 
> spot you can point to & say that's Austinville - there are no shops, 
> petrol station etc, only houses / farms & a Community Hall.
> What would it be if it's not a =locality? =village / hamlet / suburb / 
> neighbourhood?
> Same thing for Springbrook: 
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/4316622215#map=14/-28.1872/153.2702, 
> which is the area on top of Springbrook Mountain. Once again, fairly 
> sparsely populated - maybe 500?, but no distinct centre of town, 
> except one general store, a Primary School & a handful of cafe's.
> There are a few others around that are similar - they have a 
> population, but there are only 100 - 200 people living in an area of 
> 200+ sq k - seems way to sparse to be labelled as village or anything 
> similar?

Hamlets too me.

If it has a store, cafes and a school probably a village? Petrol?

Does look like place=locality has been a catch all for when mappers did 
not know of another more detailed tag.
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