[Tagging] Wrong use of landuse=village_green - but what else to use?

Bill Ricker bill.n1vux at gmail.com
Sun Jan 8 21:35:51 UTC 2017

On Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
> Landuse is a tag that is not about what is there - trees, shrubs, flowers,
> concrete etc ... but the USE of the area.
> A park is used for relaxation.
> A recreation_ground is used for recreation (physical activity). And so on.

So the the land use under discussion is green, diminutive, and
decorative yet inaccessible (or inadvisable) -- green median of a dual
carriageway, plantings in a roundabout center -- Do we have a term in
our taxonomy for that, either in landuse=* or some other, and if not,
what should it be?  is that the question ?

landuse=* may be the wrong tag. Landuse studies normally talk about
larger areas than 14m2 ... see [1] "For example a leisure=park tag may
be used to describe a park within a landuse=residential area, or for a
very large park may be the primary landuse. "

the Landuse [1] page decries landuse=grass because it's a cover not a
use, but elsewhere [2] it is documented as the appropriate tag for a
roundabout center.

So yes we have a tag in use, but there are reasons it may be wrong.

If plantings are particularly nice, i suppose it could rise to a
   leisure=garden, garden:[type,style]=*, access=no
but the average roundabout or median has a flower box or a mass of
perennials, not anything i or the maintainers of [3] would admit was a

[1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Landuse
[2] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:landuse%3Dgrass
[3] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:leisure%3Dgarden

Bill Ricker
bill.n1vux at gmail.com

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