I want to start a discussion about the “proper” OSM admin level for Dutch cities. I think it would be better of it was changed (if even possible), but that’s just one person’s opinion. I’m curious to hear what others think.
Since the big data update Dutch cities are equivalent to admin level 8, which correspond to municipalities (“gemeentes”) in real life. For big(ger) cities this is not an issue, as they are contained in their own municipality, and it is all the same. For smaller cities in the countryside, often several towns form one council together, and this is what is used by Citystrides. Example from near where I live: Gooise Meren is used, which contains Muiden, Muiderberg, Naarden and Bussum. These used to be in Citystrides as separate cities. Those correspond to admin level 10.
So I think level 10 should be used, mainly for 2 reasons:
- that is the level that most people recognise cities at, and have an emotional attachment to
- they are easier to complete
However it is not without consequences. I have seen for instance that Amsterdam has 2 children at level 10: Amsterdam and Westpoort (an industrial area). I have no clue what merits Westpoort admin level.
So my question: do you agree or disagree that Dutch cities should be at level 10? If you agree, can you see anything that could go wrong in the area that you know well? Drilling down from here (https://nominatim.openstreetmap.org/details.php?osmtype=R&osmid=47796&class=boundary) on the Administrative section will get you to the appropriate levels.