[Talk-us] TIGER place confusion

Max Erickson maxerickson at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 11:47:29 UTC 2018

Many of the administrative boundaries imported from TIGER have a
place= tag that reflects the legal type of incorporation of the
municipality rather than a sensible value for the OSM place tag (which
would give some hint about the relative prominence of the place).

This confusion has gone under the radar, as openstreetmap-carto
doesn't render place labels from ways and relations:


Deleting the imported place= values (or perhaps moving them to some
other tag, say something like incorporation=) would directly make the
data more accurate and improve maps that render place areas without
accounting for the confusion in the data.

What do people think about deleting (or adjusting) the place tag from
imported US administrative boundaries?


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