[Tagging] Once more: the village_green - increase in misuse.

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Thu Jul 18 22:41:18 UTC 2019

  As Kevin Kenny says.

The key 'landuse' is big misused for land covers.

And this predominately is because of the tag landuse=grass.
While this exists OSM can expect the key 'landuse' to be used (misused) 
for land covers of all descriptions.

If the key 'landuse' is only used for the human use of the land - free 
of any hint of the cover then there may be some hope of resolving 
In Australia there is the 'village common' - land held for common use, 
this might get away form the 'green' aspect of grass. The rendering 
colour could also be closer to that of schools and hospitals, again away 
from the colour green.

On 19/07/19 07:59, Peter Elderson wrote:
> In Nederland there are many of village_green like areas, used for 
> community events, but without a formal status. I would support tagging 
> these as village_green. Larger cities tend to have several of these 
> areas, often because villages have been incorporated but the central 
> area has retained its function as "village green" in the neighourhood. 
> Let's join the countries that already do this.
> I would also gladly help retagging areas wrongly tagged as 
> village_green. It's used a lot but nothing we couldn't fix in a 
> project, if we agree on a clear convention.
> Vr gr Peter Elderson
> Op do 18 jul. 2019 om 23:31 schreef Kevin Kenny 
> <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com <mailto:kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com>>:
>     On Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 10:07 AM marc marc
>     <marc_marc_irc at hotmail.com <mailto:marc_marc_irc at hotmail.com>> wrote:
>     >
>     > The only way to have a chance to get away with it is to depreciate
>     > this tag (at least outside uk but maybe also in uk) in favor of
>     a tag
>     > by meaning instead of having a multi-meaning tag
>     landuse=grass is horrible, since it describes a landcover rather than
>     a land use, but it's plausible for those things that aren't village
>     greens.
>     If you make an exception inside the UK for 'village_green', remember
>     that some of us former colonies have them too. Lots of New England
>     villages follow the general pattern of villages in Merrie Olde
>     England, and (at least historically) have a village hall, a school, a
>     church, and shops clustered about a village green or common. (All the
>     buildings in modern times may have been repurposed, but the village
>     green is likely still there.)
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