[Talk-us] Admin boundary level quirk in NYC

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Sat May 18 14:49:04 UTC 2013

You might want to take a look at how Virginia is mapped.  Cities in Virginia are not considered to be subordinate to counties, even if surrounded on all sides by a county.  Towns, on the other hand, are subordinate to, and part of, counties.

Greg Troxel <gdt at ir.bbn.com> wrote:
>   So I propose a different schema:
>   New York Boroughs: 9
>   Cities (incl. NYC): 8
>   Counties: 6
> and have separate relations for the counties and boroughs (e.g.
> Brooklyn
>   and Kings County), sharing the same ways.
> Your proposal sounds entirely reasonable to me.  The notion that
> cities
> are contained within a county is baked into the hierarchical
> organization, and something has to give when that isn't true.  Letting
> the hierarchy not line up seems better than choosing different levels.
> In the old way, there's the awkward question about how L5 should be
> rendered, and why it should look different than L8, and that's all
> unnnecessary mess.
> Your proposal defers the interesting choice to the renderer, which is
> whether one cares about counties or boroughs, but such deferring is in
> my view a feature.
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