[talk-au] Suburban centres

Scott Davies mr.scott.davies at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 09:16:01 UTC 2019

Hi all,

First message here from a long-time lurker.

I just noticed that Joondalup-- a surburban centre within the Perth
metropolitan area (https://osm.org/go/swxzST5-)-- is tagged as a 'city', so
shows on lower zoom levels of the slippy map at the same level of
importance as Perth itself. I'm not sure this is right-- other suburban
centres of at least equal importance as a centre for
employment/services/etc (eg. Fremantle) are tagged as 'town'.

I should say that Joondalup *is* technically a city, but only due to the
quirk of local government nomenclature in Australia, where arbitrary
suburban areas are often designated "City of...". But it's not really a
city in a broader sense; it's very much economically integrated with and
subordinate to the larger Perth metropolis.

I see on the tagging guidelines there is an inconclusive discussion about
how remote towns should be tagged, but doesn't seem to be anything about
suburban centres. I'm inclined to change Joondalup to 'town', but first I
wonder if there are any thoughts on this issue generally?

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