[Talk-us] San Diego Address Import Update

Nathan Mills nathan at nwacg.net
Tue Nov 10 16:18:45 UTC 2015

This is how I have always used addr:city. It reflects the postal address since it is a property of the address and not the parcel itself. People once used the is_in tag to capture the other meaning, but it seems unnecessary to me since one can simply check for an enclosing admin boundary.

On November 10, 2015 10:48:20 AM EST, Tod Fitch <tod at fitchdesign.com> wrote:

>So what is a good definition for what should go in the addr:city tag?
>If it is based on being within a formal administrative boundary then we
>may not need the tag at all as it should be easy for a data consumer to
>detect that. I have come to the conclusion that the addr:city is best
>to indicate what the locals feel their town name is. In the western US
>my impression is that has a high correlation with the USPS designation.
>Further, when dealing with any financial or government entity, it seems
>the city they want to hear about is the one the post office delivers
>to, not some subset or superset defined by a formal boundary of an
>incorporated town or city. So equating the post office town name with
>the OSM addr:city value seems proper to me.

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