[Talk-GB] Suburbs in London/Brum - big edits

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 10:24:57 UTC 2014

I'd revert the changes.

The rule I worked to a couple of years ago, when I tried to iron out some
of the inconsistencies in London was to use place=town for places with a
sizeable retail centre (typically lots of clothes shops as well as food).


On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM, Tom Chance <tom at acrewoods.net> wrote:

> Hello there,
> As somebody who dislikes change, I was slightly horrified to see these
> edits:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/26783815
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/26795471
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/26567938
> The user has changed a whole lot of places within London and Birmingham
> that were tagged as town / village / hamlet / etc. to place=suburb. He
> appears to be following the advice now given on the wiki, that:
> "Areas of a town/city should not be tagged with place=town, place=village
> or place=hamlet. These should only be used for distinct settlements."
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:place%3Dsuburb
> Apart from the fact that I cannot stand it when the work of self-appointed
> wiki editors leads to somebody making sweeping edits of others' work, I
> also really don't like losing the hierarchy of place implicit in Wimbledon
> being marked as a town, Forest Hill a village, Belleden a hamlet, and so
> on, and them all just becoming 'suburb'. Apart from the fact that many
> places in London were historically towns in their own right, they are often
> also regarded as town centres.
> But should we swallow this and move to the use of
> place=suburb/quarter/neighbourhood?
> If so, I'd like to do this properly, instead of the process that this user
> has gone through to just make everything 'suburb'.
> Regards,
> Tom
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