[Talk-us] musings on TIGER tags

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Thu Nov 25 03:58:52 GMT 2010

On 11/23/2010 08:13 AM, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 8:46 AM, Antony Pegg <apegg-QyUQbcD9tSJWk0Htik3J/w at public.gmane.org> wrote:
>> I agree with most of this.
>> One very useful thing I've found tho is the (off the top of my head)
>> tiger:name_type=aly
>> seems all the alley's got imported as highway=residential - at least in my
>> area - so the tiger tag is very useful for doing a JOSM search for all
>> alleyways and changing them to highway=service, service=alley.  Once I
>> figured that out it saved me hours upon hours of work and provided a marked
>> improvement to several town maps in my area
> Yes, a tiger:name_type=Aly XAPI query is slightly more convenient than
> downloading all the streets and searching for name:aly. Of course
> there may be the occasional street named Foo Alley that's not actually
> an alley, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

I'm not sure many people would disagree with the idea that the Census
import was made almost entirely of fail in terms of centerline accuracy,
but when it comes to metadata (like names), TIGER is almost better than
nothing.  I doubt anybody would protest mass-updating alleyways...

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