I am creating a Story Map and using Open Street Maps as the base map. One issue my superiors see is the labeling of the streets. It's way to frequent!

See the attached screenshot: enter image description here

Is there a way I can change the frequency of the labeling for the same road?

  • No but you can export the osm map to join line segments together and wait for the raster tiles to be regenerated. This can be within minutes of changes if servers are not busy. but you would need to host he tiles yourself
    – Mapperz
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:35
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    I would not encourage to do that generally. It might have been necessary to split them up for one-way-, speed or turn restrictions, or bus relations joining or departing.
    – AndreJ
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:38
  • Thanks @Mapperz I was thinking that's the simpliest but I was hoping I missed some kind of ArcGIS functionality that was built in to adjust labels. Andre I work for the Town, there's no buses or anything of the sort. But I am open to alternatives.
    – GISHuman
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:40
  • If you know how to edit the data, you can try it. But keep an eye on the tags that might be in one part, and not in the neighbouring part.
    – AndreJ
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:46

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The background you see are pre-rendered tiles form the Openstreetmap server. You can not easily change them.

You can download the original Openstreetmap data from Geofabrik for your part of the world, and style it for yourself. Either using a local tile creator like Tilemill, a single picture with Maperitive (which can create tiles as well), or by directly importing the data into your GIS. I don't know what ARCGIS has to offer, but QGIS has a direct import tool.

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