This morning I noticed a tweet indicating OSM2VectorTiles is no longer maintained and that users should switch to OpenMapTiles.
I’ve been looking forward to this ever since the world’s most polite saber rattling from Mapbox over the data schema used by OSM2VectorTiles. I had some design work I wanted to do, but I was holding out for this and Maputnik, the styling tool from Lukas Martinelli I contributed an embarrassingly small amount to on Kickstarter. They are both here now, and if you haven’t tried it, Maputnik is really good.
This also makes for a good opportunity for a couple of blog posts on dealing with vector tiles. In this one we’ll look at how I grab and chop up vector tiles for Mecklenburg’s use.