[Tagging] Power Tower Landuse = ?

Mark Bradley ethnicfoodisgreat at gmail.com
Tue Jul 4 13:49:07 UTC 2017

> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 12:14:11 +0100
> From: Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk>
> To: "Tag discussion, strategy and related tools"
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> Subject: Re: [Tagging] Power Tower Landuse = ?
> On 4 July 2017 11:07:04 BST, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> >2017-07-04 1:56 GMT+02:00 John Willis <johnw at mac.com>:
> >
> >> it seems like other long-term infrastructure (power towers,
> >communication
> >> towers) are suggested to be landuse=industrial.
> >>
> >> I really think there should be some kind of subtag then, because not
> >only
> >> can you define what and why you are tagging, but it allows presets to
> >be
> >> easily created in iD and searched by new taggers.
> >>
> >> industrial=power, industrial=communication, etc.
> >>
> >
> >
> >I agree that a formalization of industrial subtags would be really
> >desirable. There are many different kind of things that get this same
> >landuse property, e.g. warehouses, production facilities, logistical
> >infrastructure (ports, distribution centres, ...).
> >
> >For the German context (but likely also for other places), there should
> >be also a distinction for "light industry" (Gewerbe).
> >
> >Then it seems strange we don't have yet a standardized list of typical
> >top level categories (e.g. automotive, textile, semiconductors,
> >electronics, energy, machinery, mining, ...)
> >
> The correct English term is pylon.
> Although I am a little confused by the purpose of this thread, the presence of pylons
> does not in my experience change the landuse, if they cross farmland the land
> beneath them is still farmland or in the case of this photo natural=wood.
> https://flic.kr/p/V8pLyS
> Phil (trigpoint)

In American English most people would call the structure a tower, but according to the convention of OSM using British English, I would defer to the word "pylon."

I agree with you Phil; I don't think the small area under a pylon should have its own landuse.  I don't think most people think in terms of such a small area when they hear the term "landuse."  I think that giving a pylon area a separate landuse is overkill and misleading.


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