I upgraded from Elements 7.0 to 13.0 and I violently dislike the way place tags are now done. For my purposes they are now useless. Had I known, I may very well not have upgraded. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, change the place tags so that the user may control their organization.
You can still use the old way. The only problem for that is that by default, when you convert your old catalogs, the 'Places' category will convert to the new organization. To avoid that, rename the 'Places' category to 'MyPlaces' or similar before you convert to the PSE11, 12 or 13 format. No conversion will take place.
That's also true for People and Events. That's what I did from PSE11 on.
thanks, sadly I 'upgraded' while I was working on photos from a big trip (15,000 photos). so now I am in the process of first using PSE 13 to write the tags and ratings to the metadata, then going back to PSE 7 and deleting the photos from the catalog and re-adding them with the tags. then I will be able to rename Places, People and Events, and go back to PSE 13. Somewhere along the way I will also have to handle the new tags I added in PSE 13, fortunately, it doesn't look like there are a lot of them.