[Tagging] Updating definition and description of place=square

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 00:32:39 UTC 2020

A few of us have been updating the Tag:place=square page, and Square:



Originally a place=square was just defined as "A square", with a list
of translations like "place, plaza, platz, piazza" etc.

However, many features which include on of these words in their name
are actually a park or a street junction or even a neighborhoood.

Hopefully the new definition makes it more clear what this tag was
intended for: as a way to map a named square, rather than putting the
name=* tag on the highway=pedestrian + area=yes feature.

(It is still quite common for the names of squares to be added
directly to the highway area (the actual paved surface where
pedestrians can walk in all directions), but it is probably true that
this is not quite correct.)

Unfortunately, this tag has been used rather inconsistently around the
world, often for any feature that includes the word "square" or a
translation of that word, or which might be considered similar in the
local language.

Some poorly mapped examples are shown on github:

* https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/issues/4043#issuecomment-593046473
* https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/issues/4043#issuecomment-593046673

Check if any of the place=square features in your area should instead
be junction=yes (for a named street intersection or road junction) or
leisure=park or place=neighborhood.

Also check if there are highway=pedestrian areas with a name=* which
could better have the name added to a new place=square node instead.

-- Joseph Eisenberg

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