[Talk-us] User HomocideBaltimore adding fake / fictional / old data all over Baltimore

Elliott Plack elliott.plack at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 22:34:48 UTC 2015

This is very strange! The user HomicideBaltimore has been mapping all kinds
of buildings around Baltimore that don't exist. They're old public housing
projects or rowhomes that were razed, but seem to have been used on the set
of the NBC show Homicide, Life on the Streets, shot in Baltimore.

What should I do?

This user is introducing all kinds of invalid data, and fair thoroughly
mapped stuff too. All in iD, which is odd. The current Bing imagery shows
none of this. I am shocked that someone would spend this much time on such
a thing.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/node/3726365602 - Police station in the show,
not a real police station.
http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/33940333 this block was razed years
ago, and has been replaced by a new building.
http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/33889607 This area has been cleared
and replaced by some new buildings.


There are nearly 200 changsets around Baltimore like this! I have spent
considerable time mapping in this area, adding the brownfields and such.
Not to mention the Baltimore Import, much of which is being trashed by this

What can be done? I commented on one changeset, but I don't have any
experience reverting things.

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