[OSM-talk] Not attaching polygons to roads

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Thu Feb 27 08:21:03 UTC 2014


And sometimes it matters, and sometimes it doesn't. For boundaries
between higher-level administrations with highways responsibility, it
matters. District Councils and Civil Parishes (in the UK) for example
don't usually have highways responsiblities, so won't matter *in this
case* whether the boundary is the centre line or an "edge" or some
random wiggle between two points. A County boundary on the other hand
would be significant. 


On 2014-02-27 09:07, Bryce Nesbitt wrote: 

> On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 2:42 AM, Dave F. <davefox at madasafish.com> wrote:
>> On 26/02/2014 01:02, Mike Thompson wrote It would be pretty silly to have a municiple boundary splitting the centre of a road so different administrations were responsible for maintaining the left & the right.
> And yet: exactly that is done. 
> Commonly there's a maintenance arrangement, but I could hop on a bicycle and in a few moments take a photo of 
> a street paved in halves for exactly this reason. 
> Even if legal boundary is one edge of the road the customary boundary is likely 'the road', and nobody 
> short of a land surveyor really need care. Roads in OSM are a funny beast since they're drawn with zero dimension, 
> but rendered and processed with width depending on the emphasis of the result. 
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