[Talk-us] California is too big ;)

Drew Dara-Abrams dda at dara-abrams.com
Wed Nov 7 18:06:56 UTC 2018

Hi Vivek, Interline's OSM Extracts service generates extracts for all of
those California metro regions that you list -- all extracts are updated
daily. See https://www.interline.io/osm/extracts/ and

Hi Frederik, we see the Interline OSM Extracts service as complementary to
Geofabrik, rather than trying to compete. Our own interest is in city/metro
extracts, as our clients use these to power routing engines and other
transportation analysis applications at the regional scale. It's great to
have the comprehensive country and state coverage provided by Geofabrik.
Feel free to drop me a line anytime at drew at interline.io.

I'm a native Californian and know how contentious the intra-state divides
can be... so I'll now leave this thread :)


On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 10:12 PM Vivek Bansal <3vivekb at gmail.com> wrote:

> I told you Californians loved attention!
> I picked 6 Californias because I thought it was the nicest way to divide
> up the state into equally sized shapes with some reference to political
> boundaries.  I also "detest" the politics of breaking up California but I
> like the geospatial organization.
> I don't have an opinion where a north south line would go.
> That being said, (I think i'm repeating myself in a slightly different way
> i'm sorry for that) alternatively would you consider adding a few of the
> most populous regions and cities to the sub of California like you do for
> Germany?  Just as you have an extract for Brandenberg (mit Berlin) as well
> as Berlin, could you do the San Francisco Bay area as well as San
> Francisco?  To make it easy, perhaps just use similar boundaries that
> existed for Metro Extracts -
> https://github.com/mapzen/metro-extracts/blob/master/cities.json namely:
> - san-francisco-bay_california
> - san-francisco_california
> - san-jose_california
> - los-angeles_california
> - san-diego_california
> There must have been a demand for those regions to be added to that list
> and I think the vast majority of analyses would take place at these levels.
> Thanks so much!
> -Vivek
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 8:11 PM Tod Fitch <tod at fitchdesign.com> wrote:
>> > On Nov 6, 2018, at 1:58 PM, OSM Volunteer stevea <
>> steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > Taken "straight across the state" (west to east), following the
>> political boundaries of "the northern edges of three counties"
>> (admin_level=6) to break up a state (admin_level=4), it's both easy
>> (technically, simply "10 counties out of 58" or "northern edges of three
>> counties"), agreeable by many, a political reality right now, mostly
>> straight along a similar latitude line and already somewhat harmonious
>> among the relatively small sample of people here on this list who have
>> something to say about it.  (Not that we're definitive, nor am I,
>> personally).  But, look, we did come to a rough consensus on a relatively
>> simple solution rather quickly and easily.
>> >
>> > I say "we've thrown it against the wall, and it seems to stick."
>> (Though of course, more discussion is welcome).
>> >
>> > SteveA
>> > California
>> +1 to this. Seems like a reasonable place to make a division to me.
>> Tod
>> also in California
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