[Tagging] We should stop using hyphens to denote address ranges

Paul White pjwhite1010 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 18 03:32:13 UTC 2020


Hello,

I wanted to raise a concern about tagging house numbers on a building using
a hyphen to denote the address range (e.g 33-55 Main Street). This is a bad
idea because some areas in the United States and possibly elsewhere use
hyphenated street numbers for individual dwellings.[1] Data consumers see
these hyphenated house numbers as one address, as well. Other methods
documented here
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Addresses#Buildings_with_multiple_house_numbers>
work
better, in my opinion.

I hope to get some input on this issue and the best path forward.

Best, Paul

[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queens#Streets
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Lawn%2C_New_Jersey#Grid-based_address_system
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Address#United_States
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