[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - mimics

Eric Theise erictheise at gmail.com
Fri Nov 15 20:52:37 UTC 2019

Since 1992 cellphone masts and towers have been disguised as trees, cacti,
and other features of the natural and built world. The suggested practice
for tagging this infrastructure is to use man_made=tower or man_made=mast
with tower:type=communication in combination with
tower:construction=concealed. Unfortunately this does not provide a
mechanism for recording what the mast or tower is disguised as.

I propose to introduce the key mimics to remedy this.

Here is an example where what the tower mimics is included in the note
 "type": "node",
 "id": 567065909,
 "lat": 33.7925108,
 "lon": -84.3533616,
 "tags": {
   "man_made": "tower",
   "note": "pine tree",
   "tower:construction": "concealed",
   "tower:type": "communication"

In this case note would be simply be replaced with mimics="pine".

I have no connection with Cell Trees, Inc., but a list of suggested values
might use their product offerings as a jumping off point – broadleaves,
eucalyptus, saguaro, palm, pine, "water tower" – with the more generic
values cactus and tree allowed, all to be extended as other real world
examples surface.

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