[HOT] leisure=common replacement for urban public areas in Africa]

Andrew Buck andrew.r.buck at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 20:23:10 UTC 2019

This has been discussed before.  I have also created a great many of these
and agree a better tag could be used but we never found one to switch to.
I would accept anything the community comes up with as long as it renders
or the rendering rules are updated before the change.  We don't map for the
renderer, but these are important features that people depend on being
visible.  Aside from that, I am fine with switching tags.

On Tue, Mar 5, 2019, 9:17 AM Jean-Marc Liotier <jm at liotier.org> wrote:

> Not much interest from talk-africa at openstreetmap.org - maybe
> hot at openstreetmap.org's larger audience will weight in ?
> ---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
> Subject: [Talk-africa] leisure=common replacement for urban public areas
> in Africa
> Date:    Tue, March 5, 2019 10:40 am
> To:      talk-africa at openstreetmap.org
>          tagging at openstreetmap.org
> The openstreetmap-carto rendering of leisure=common was recently dropped
> (
> https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/commit/4df96c4e4927c3e029b31e34c0cf1be2dda6f637
> ).
> In Mali and Senegal, I had found leisure=common to be an expedient way to
> describe explicitly designed publicly accessible undeveloped
> municipality-owned open dirt areas in cities, public squares in the barest
> sense, used for gatherings, impromptu soccer games and more generally as
> breathing space in a dense urban fabric: it is dedicated to leisure and it
> is a common area...
> But it did stray a bit from the original British vernacular meaning, which
> was akin to landuse=village_green in that the commons are normally grass
> covered. So I usually combined leisure=common with surface=ground or
> surface=sand to express the African reality... But still - this bends the
> concept quite far out of its original shape.
> So, though we do not map for the renderer, maybe this is a good time to
> find a better tag to map that feature.
> My candidate is
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:landuse%3Drecreation_ground - and
> now that I think about it, I wonder why I didn't use it to begin with.
> As I'm the author of a good many leisure=common in Mali and Senegal, my
> near-term goal about them is to replace occurrences of leisure=common with
> the better term but only in Mali and Senegal.
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