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Is it possible to download neighborhood boundaries from OpenStreetMap? I see on maps that they often indicate neighborhood names; is there a way to retrieve their coordinates and boundary polygon coordinates, much like the Zillow Neighborhood Boundaries data set?

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What countries and regions are you looking for ? –  Will. Jul 8 '12 at 14:34
Starting with major cities in UK, France, Germany. Chiefly London, Paris, Berlin, but ultimately looking for all major cities in Europe. Israel too. –  Avishai Jul 9 '12 at 8:14
What are you trying to do with the data? It is definitely possible that a company like Maponics might have what you're looking for. Can you provide any more details? –  user15811 Mar 5 '13 at 15:27

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New service from MySociety last week will get Administrative Boundaries for your chosen city.

Example Paris enter image description here


UK has better data source as using the OpenData from Ordnance Survey

Example: Birmingham, UK

note different url request


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Not from OpenStreetMap, but you can download Administrative Boundaries in many formats from the Global Administrative Areas database. They are heirarchial in nature (country>province> town>village, etc) and relatively acurate for popular places. http://www.gadm.org/

@Mapperz has identified the best answer to the question...However, I don't feel that OSM is a the best resource available for this type of task.

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FYI -- their footer states: These data are freely available for academic and other non-commercial use. Redistribution, or commercial use, is not allowed without prior permission. –  Jordan Arseno Apr 2 '13 at 1:19

FYI, in my experience, OSM rarely has boundaries for neighborhoods, it usually just has a centroid point label. Other sources would probably be better for boundaries. If you want to check, though, you can look up areas with Nominatim, and see what is in your areas of interest. How Nominatim works and how to query is more fully described on its OSM wiki page

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