BACKGROUND: The term "colonia," in Spanish means a community or neighborhood. The Office of the Secretary of State defines a "colonia" as a residential area along the Texas-Mexico border that may lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water and sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, and safe and sanitary housing. (Source: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/border/colonias/what_colonia.shtml)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: To help understand life in colonias, read this article from the Washington Post
Here's a short video from ABC News that describes the struggle of living in a colonia.
A more comprehensive picture of colonias can be found in this publication (pdf) from the Dallas Federal Reserve
- Entities to Map
- primary and secondary roads, tracks & paths, buildings, surface waters
- Changeset Comment
- #teachosm-task-108 #100mapathons #osmgeoweek2015
The aim of this project is to create detailed maps of the colonias around the area of Candelaria, Texas.
Bring all roads in alignment with the center of the pavement.
Please trace ALL individual buildings and tag it as 'building=yes'.
Please SQUARE THE CORNERS OF BUILDINGS. With iD, click the building once drawn, which brings up the extra tools. Click the 'square' icon to square the corners of buildings. Or type 'S' as a shortcut.
Round buildings: there is an icon and the shortcut is 'O, to get perfect circles.
Trace individual structures for future damage analysis. DO NOT enclose multiple buildings as one building. There are instances where 'Landuse'='residential' is acceptable but use sparingly. Landuse is problematic in OpenStreetMap and especially difficult to classify from satellite imagery.
Please trace ALL roads/highways/tracks and tag them as 'highway=unclassified'.