[Tagging] Updating definition and description of place=square

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 11:24:53 UTC 2020

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> On 21. Mar 2020, at 01:34, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

I don’t agree that an open space inside a settlement that is mainly used as a traffic junction, cannot be a place=square at the same time.
Squares are generally deliberately left / created open / spaces in contrast to space occupied by buildings (they are voids cut out from building areas, places where the road enlargens, typically at crossings or placed as rhythmic sequences within a street).
They come in all scales, as big central places with significance for the whole city (or even nation) or as small squares  at crossings in a residential area. They might be frequent or rare, depending on the cultural context, and their characteristics will depend generally on context.
There is no need to impose arbitrary size limits or usage requirements (both, on the square and at its borders), nor to make the question of leisure=park junction=yes exclusive to place=square. They can perfectly coexist.

IMHO place=square is a tag for a toponym that refers to a void inside a built environment, and size and usage is implicit from geometry and other objects.

Cheers Martin 

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