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Ewmjc 03:35, 19 September 2006 (BST)


  • I approve this proposal. Ewmjc 03:35, 19 September 2006 (BST)
  • I approve this proposal. Sven Anders 11:42, 20 September 2006 (BST)
  • I approve this proposal. Nickw 11:35, 30 September 2006 (BST)
  • I approve this proposal. Chrismorl 15:04, 1 October 2006 (BST)
  • I approve this proposal. TomChance 21:06, 1 October 2006 (BST)

Conclusion of voting

Voting period now ended, no votes against. This feature has now been transfered to Map_Features.

In smaller cities/towns and villages

I've been using this tag in smaller towns, with about 10 000 inhabitants. In Sweden, we tag these as town, and the suburb tag rendering is about the same size as the town tag rendering. Is it possible to create a new tag for town-suburb? Note that these areas may or may not have local administrative status, but may be more of a residential area name. Maybe another tag should be used? In that case, suggestions? /Grillo 23:14, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

Here's an example of how it looks. Korsbacka and Rinnebäck are clearly defined residential areas of Kävlinge. /Grillo 23:15, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

Did you mean Arvidsborg and Rinnebäck? Both are mapped as a node tagged place=suburb. Korsbacka is mapped as an area tagged landuse=residential. The mapping may have changed since you made added your node.--Ponzu 04:40, 9 April 2011 (BST)
In Germany we have a lot of districts of villages. I would like to have a tag for it, maybe one tag for both (towns and villages). --Dirk86 15:31, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Remark. You can use newly approved place=quarter for parts of towns which are similar in size to that of place=village and you can mark districts of villages and smaller parts of towns as place=neighbourhood.--Strider55 (talk) 20:40, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Rendered size based on population

The population=* tag could be used to indicate the size of the suburb. If a considerable amount of suburbs are tagged with population this eventually will affect rendering (font size depending on number of inhabitants). Note that suburbs exist in several levels, such that a suburb can be further divided into smaller areas with their own names. --Erik Lundin 23:32, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

I think we should definitly discuss how suburbs are rendered on the map. When a village contains suburbs on certain zoom levels only the suburb villages are shown but not the village name (and that's not useful at all!). And if both are shown you can't distinguish them by font size. Since relations (and "is_in") are normally given for such names, this information should be used as a default for font size and display (hide/show on certain zoom levels). In addition other criteria like population could be used like erik described). But my major concern is displaying of place names itself: it just can't be that suburbs are shown and the parent places not. doesn't make any sense. --Marc 07:13, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

Versus locality

What is the difference and usage advice of this tag versus place=locality? Both seem to serve the same purpose. --grin 11:00, 14 April 2011 (BST)

A place=locality is uninhabited. Alv 11:17, 14 April 2011 (BST)
But please see the last example line. As far as I understand they are populated. --grin 01:32, 20 April 2011 (BST)
There seems to be a great deal of confusion as to whether place=locality should be used for populated places or not, so I created a new topic on the talk page. -- Joshdoe 13:01, 20 April 2011 (BST)
The wiki is quite clear that place=locality does not describe populated places. -- Dieterdreist 16:12, 26 September 2011 (BST)

Using tag for neighborhoods

I created a page for neighborhoods as part of the process of figuring out how to tag them. One user suggested we use place=suburb for them here on the talk page. If we do that, I think we'd have to use admin_level=* or a similar key. Neighborhoods can range from a hundred houses to thousands, and can even be nested (as they are in my area). I would appreciate any feedback! -- Joshdoe 04:08, 11 May 2011 (BST)