[Talk-us] Towns as Areas or Points
emacsen at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 11:36:53 BST 2010
As so often happens in OSM, a small mystery turns into a big question,
so here's mine for the week:
If you don't want the explanation, just skip down to the part where it
says "THE QUESTION".
I live in a place called Silver Spring, Maryland.
It's not prominently displayed on the map: http://osm.org/go/ZZcfj5yN-
Yet Takoma Park, which is much smaller, does.
It turns out the reason is that the node for this town is:
And has the tag hamlet. Silver Spring is not a hamlet. It has about
80,000 people living in it according to
My initial thought was "Well we should change the point", but then I
discovered this relation:
Which seems better (it still says that SS is a locality, which is
essentially the same as a hamlet/village, but it at least has the
Do I fix the node? Do I copy the tags from the node into this relation
and then fix the relation?
Why was the node the thing that came up in nominatim searches, and not
If I remove this node, will bad things happen?
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