[Talk-us] Brainstorm: What should a US map of OSM data look like

Val Kartchner val42k at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 17:49:43 BST 2011

On Tue, 2011-09-13 at 11:10 -0500, Brad Neuhauser wrote:
> Towns appear at zoom level 9 in Mapnik, which seems pretty decent to
> me.  There are tagged "towns" in SW Kansas that show up, but some
> "villages" probably need retagging to "towns" in the N and W.  The
> Place page recommends tagging county seats as towns regardless of
> population:  http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Place   I started
> "upgrading" some county seats in NW MN to "town", which helps fill
> things in, I think: http://osm.org/go/WprNC4--
> Brad

I think that this is also the time to add a "development" level to the
"place" key.  There are so many place names that aren't hamlets but are
developments (like subdivisions) that have names.  This could include
the name of an apartment complex.

I suggest this because there are apartments next to each other that have
names.  The lowest level that these place names can be tagged with is
"hamlet".  But how many hamlets per square mile would be reasonable?

- Val -

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