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

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 20:32:52 BST 2011

Yeah, I typically use a landuse=residential/name=* polygon for
apartment complexes. When I search for my address in nominatim it
correctly says that it is a child element of the surrounding apartment

But I guess the original point might still stand. It may not be
appropriate to tag an entire new subdivision as landuse=residential if
it includes shopping or business areas along with housing that are all
part of a named area within a city. Not sure place=development is the
best tag for that but as Richard says, that isn't really part of the
rendering brainstorm this thread is supposed to be.


On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM, Val Kartchner <val42k at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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.
> That's a discussion that might be ideal for the tagging@ list.  For a
> named apartment complex, I'd expect the buildings or site relation to
> be named.  I wouldn't expect them to be a place.  By comparison, I
> also wouldn't expect a large university or business campus to be a
> place either while they might be named buildings or site relations.
> Looking at our US map rendering brainstorm, how would you restate the
> issues from your suggestions above?
> Earlier suggestions include the one you quoted from Brad, which might
> be "context-sensitive rendering; show smaller towns if they are the
> only towns around".
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