[Tagging] Updating definition and description of place=square
pla16021 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 13:05:31 UTC 2020
On Tue, 24 Mar 2020 at 12:40, Lionel Giard <lionel.giard at gmail.com> wrote:
> If we take the key "place=*", all the values are only related to toponym :
> place=city/town/village/neighbourhood/locality/... They all are just the
> name of a location of some type (either defined by population or other
> aspect like an ocean/sea/...).
That looks right.
> So the place=square tag seems to be the only one that both indicate a
> location with a name (or not) and a feature.
Some people wish to use it to indicate the name, not the type of feature.
with that usage. Names change and usage of physical features changes. An
area that was once used as a town square (hard-surfaced place where the
congregate and may or may not be used for meetings) may retain the name
"Foo Square" even though it is now a car park or a bus station. An area
that is, and always was, a town square (public congregate there, as above)
may be, and always have been, called "The Foo." An area that was never
used as a town square, indeed is unable to be used as such, may be called
"Foo Square" because a town planner liked the sound of that name.
There is a town in the UK called Hornsea. It has "sea" in the name,
it should be mapped as an ocean. There is a housing estate near me called
North Park, so it should be mapped as a park. To insist on those would be
as illogical as insisting that the criterion for using place=square is the
fact that it has "square" in the name. The use of place=square should
on what the object is used for, not what its name is.
If somebody wanted to propose place=name_contains_square we might
see this idea of insisting that place=square is for POIs with "square"
in the name for what it is: a pointless exercise that adds nothing
If we extended the principle to other tags, we'd only use building=house for
houses that have "House" in their names, such as "Mill House" or "Digby
and a house without "house" in the name would have to be building=yes.
for the house named "Sea View" which would have to be tagged as a sea, not
a house (no doubt some would argue it should be tagged as tourism=
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Tagging