An example of Hipmunk’s technique. Notice how easy it is to read the labels and see the neighborhood information.
The cool guys at Hipmunk wanted to layer neighborhood data onto MapBox maps in a way that retained the polished look of MapBox Streets, without disorienting users by covering up street and area labels. To achieve this, Hipmunk used a custom MapBox Streets that had a transparent land layer on top of their vector neighborhood layer, which allows the data below to show through.
2) In the customize panel, turn off the Land layer
Removing the land layer. The gridded pattern denotes transparency.
4) Next we load the map, define the vector layer styles and then move it to the correct z-index so it’s between the tile layers: