[Talk-us] Differences with USA admin_level tagging

OSM Volunteer stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Mon Jul 10 23:39:01 UTC 2017

Kevin Kenny writes:
(In New York City), each borough is divided into community districts.

This begs the question as to whether the sub-row
4		5		6		7		8		9		10
New York	NYC		Borough	N/A		N/A		N/A		N/A

might also include "District" at admin_level 8, and Kevin suggests this, so I have added it to the Big Table.

I believe Kevin's other concerns (the whole state is incorporated into towns, cities or villages, the City of Geneva straying from it's "primary" county of Ontario to Seneca isn't all that unusual and is mentioned elsewhere in the wiki, Sherrill is a documented exception, etc.) are already properly addressed, with one exception:  he suggests that Town and City are equivalent at admin_level=7, but the Big Table had City at 8 (along with Hamlet, which it is allowed to subsume).  I have corrected that in the Big Table so that City moves from 8 to 7 in New York.  His other concerns regarding "special purpose (and school) districts" are addressed in the wiki.  Thank you, Kevin, for contributing more clarity!

Subsequently, Greg disagrees with Kevin regarding Town and City both being 7.  I believe Kevin lives in New York and shows significant knowledge of this topic, so I defer to his judgement here.  Especially after Kevin directly addresses Greg in the next message:  the only topic after that is whether or not Wards exist as administrative boundaries and what value the corresponding admin_level might be (9?) and which of four sub-rows for New York in the Big Table Wards might live.  (If they exist, I'd agree with Kevin that they subordinate to Town, then Village).

As I have recently realigned the New York row to harmonize with their dialog, I believe their final "I guess is exactly my question, more succinctly" is now moot.  But if you guys still have more to say about it, I'm all ears!


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