One of the issues we all have is that OpenStreetMap isn’t perfect. There are missing streets, non-existent streets, and streets with no name. All of these affect the number of streets necessary for running our city.
Lately I’ve been focusing on the streets with no name.
Step 1: Find the streets with no name. A guy named Simon Poole wrote a program that goes through the OpenStreetMap site looking for streets with no name. He then created a map (updated every five minutes) with those streets in red. The site address is: http://qa.poole.ch/
Step 2: Find the name of the street. Here in Florida, the county property appraisers generally have maps on their web sites indicating where every parcel of land is. They’ve also got street names on those maps. I’ve been using that map to find the names of the unnamed streets. Google “[name of county] property appraiser” and you should be able to find your county’s property appraiser. (I’m working on Volusia County.)
Step 3: Add the name to the unnamed street on Open Street Map.
Step 4: Wait for the city to be updated on CityStrides.
Step 5: Complain about the increase in the number of streets to run.
It’s a plan…