| Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|latitude: 39.1, longitude: -84.516667|
|Browse map of Cincinnati 39°06′00.00″ N, 84°31′00.00″ W|
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The Tri-State area has pretty good OSM coverage for an American metropolitan area, with extensive building footprints, transit routes, named landuse areas, footpaths and staircases, cul-de-sacs, and the beginnings of 3D building support (example). Virtually all roads imported from TIGER have been redrawn.
That said, there are infinite opportunities for improvement! Greater Cincinnati has seen a lot of activity over the past few years, but Northern Kentucky is quickly improving and we're starting to pay some attention to Southeast Indiana too. We may have a lot of buildings mapped, but hardly any have addresses on them. A great way to start is to zoom all the way into your neighborhood and add as much detail as you can. Even toolsheds are fair game.
The default aerial imagery layers in iD and Potlatch are of high resolution but may be up to six years old, so check the vintage of an OSM feature before remapping it based on aerial imagery.
As of 2018, Mapbox imagery is the most up-to-date and highest-resolution imagery available in urban and suburban parts of the Tri-State, while Bing and DigitalGlobe layers are generally more up-to-date in rural areas. This table of corn mazes gives a good idea of the vintage of each aerial imagery layer by county. The Bing aerial imagery analyzer is another tool for determining Bing imagery vintage, although these days it only reports a very broad date range. Through the National Agriculture Imagery Program, Ohio has published aerial imagery from 2015, but it has very low resolution compared to Bing and Mapbox, and it isn't compatible with the online editors iD and Potlatch 2.
In 2017, Miami University organized a mapping party to help the Humanitarian OSM Team map Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  However, there hasn't been a meetup or mapping party focused on the Tri-State area – you're welcome to start one.
Find non-wiki-using mappers using Who's around me? Be sure to subscribe to the talk-us mailing list, where the broader U.S. mapping community discusses tagging, imports, policy, evangelization, and more. If you have any questions, you can also ask on the
#ohio channel of the U.S. community's Slack workspace (invite yourself).
Please introduce your friends to OpenStreetMap! Reach out to enthusiast communities in orienteering, urban planning, and open source. Show a local trivia buff the old_name=* and name:etymology=* tags; show a road fan the route networks page.
OSM in the wild
- The Cincinnati Bike Map, published in September of 2014, is entirely based on OSM data. 9,000 copies of the map were printed for free local distribution. It is available online and by mail on request.
- Go Solar Cincy, a project of OKI, uses building footprint data from OSM to supplement those from institutional data sources in their web map.
- Every news media outlet in Cincinnati plots its online Doppler radar against an OSM-based basemap by Mapbox:
- Bus Detective, a local real-time transit app, locates stops on the Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT) basemap.
- Cincy 311 plots 311 calls against the HOT basemap.
- Cincinnati St. Vincent de Paul plots its locations against the standard OSM basemap.
- The Butler County RTA plots bus routes against the standard OSM basemap (example).
- The University of Cincinnati shuttle service operates an online route map atop an OSM-based basemap powered by Mapbox.
- Red Bike's Android and iOS applications plot station locations against an OSM-based basemap and display OSM-based routes to stations, powered by Mapbox.
Within the 16-county Cincinnati metropolitan area as of 09:34, 30 December 2017 (UTC):
- 178,968 buildings (every single one hand-drawn)
- 41,356 lane miles of roadway
- 13,053 crosswalks
- 12,991 cul-de-sacs (not counting those with traffic islands)
- 6,300 electric transmission towers
- 4,766 athletic fields and courts
- 3,314 parking lots
- 3,158 bus stops
- 2,822 swimming pools
- 2,692 signalized intersections
- 1,930 street addresses
- 1,757 website URLs
- 1,681 Wikidata QIDs
- 1,266 at-grade railroad crossings
- 1,191 playgrounds
- 905 miles of footpaths and sidewalks
- 865 turn restrictions
- 806 gas stations
- 652 named residential subdivisions and apartment complexes
- 550 speed bumps
- 528 communications towers
- 506 phone numbers
- 436 highway exits
- 412 staircases
- 335 lane miles of turn lanes representing 7,315 turn maneuvers 
- 323 miles of parking aisles
- 265 power substations
- 239 outdoor bleachers
- 214 water towers
- 178 culverts
- 176 miles of dedicated bike paths
- 152 roundabouts
- 149 dams
- 123 coffee shops
- 100 unique etymologies of names
- 79 car washes
- 78 flagpoles
- 76 miles of bike lanes
- 55 bus routes
- 53 boat launches
- 51 unique pronunciations of names
- 43 works of art
- 30 buildings with intricate 3D detail
- 26 chili parlors
- 24 quarries
- 22 rooftop solar panels
- 22 dog parks
- 19 miles of sharrows
- 11 fords
- 5 tornado sirens
- 4 bowling alleys
Acknowledging that everything can always be better, this is a list of things which are, for now, really quite accurate and thoroughly identified. Please add more things to this list if you've made a point of seeing that some particular thing in Greater Cincinnati has been mapped to the fullest; it's good to know what our strengths are!
- Building footprints in urban areas
- Major building footprints in suburban and rural areas
- Cul-de-sacs (aka turning circles)
- Marked pedestrian crossings
- Coffee shops and bike shops for now, though such places are always changing
- Schools and universities 
- Street geometry and names have generally been vetted pretty thoroughly
- Cincinnati neighborhood retail areas
- Park boundaries and sports pitches in Cincinnati proper
- High-voltage power lines and towers
- Alleys are increasingly well-tagged. Almost all alleys are identified (service=alley), though many can still use names and other information.
- Cycleways (bike paths, bike lanes and trails)
- lanes=* on primary, secondary and tertiary streets
- Golf courses (although details like golf cart paths, holes, and fairways are missing on many golf courses)
- The Cincinnati Southern Railway (owned by the City of Cincinnati) is completely mapped to Chattanooga, although sidings, spurs, and level crossings are lacking in many places.
- Turn lanes in the northern suburbs
Plenty of room for improvement
- Add street details like sidewalks, lane counts, speed limits, widths, lighting, and speed bumps
- Add public transit routes and stops, which can be found in public GTFS feed data.
- Add businesses and building names pretty much everywhere.
- Map and name residential subdivisions and shopping centers (they can get prominent labels, based on zoom level and area).
- Classifying building=* tags, from a simple building=yes to something more informative. (apartments, retail, garage, house, church, etc.) 
- Add tree cover in suburban and rural areas.
- Add City of Cincinnati neighborhood boundaries as admin_level=10 relations.
- Clean up buildings that were drawn based on grainy Yahoo! aerial imagery.
- Make sense of neighborhood names within Covington.
- Add more 3D building data, particularly building heights.
- Add retreat=yes to any Safe Place you come across (mostly fire stations, community centers, churches, and chain retailers).
- Improve the map's suitability for routing and turn-by-turn navigation:
- Add access=* tags to service roads on private property.
- The urban NKY cities need ground-verification of the directionality of their streets. There are almost certainly more one-way streets than are identified yet. Tag known two-ways as oneway=no.
- Indicate signalization at intersections, whether stop signs or traffic signals.
- Replace exit_to=* with destination=*, destination:ref=*, and destination:street=* in on I-71/75 south of I-275.
- Replace note:lanes=* with lanes:forward=* and lanes:backward=*.
- Tag turn lanes downtown, on the West Side, and in Northern Kentucky with turn:lanes=*, turn:lanes:forward=*, and turn:lanes:backward=*.
- Add maxspeed:advisory=* to tight curves and highway ramps.
- Clarify easily mispronounced street names, particularly those of German origin, with name:pronunciation=* and destination:pronunciation=*.
- Indicate the origins of street names via the name:etymology=* and name:etymology:wikidata=* tags.