[Talk-GB] Mass edits of landuse /natural tags

Jonathan Bennett jonobennett at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 15:34:50 UTC 2013

On 25/04/2013 16:23, John Baker wrote:
> There are always more suitable tags than natural=grass, landuse=grass
> being the most obvious

Are you claiming that the land *is used for* grass? That the purpose man
has put that piece of land to is just "grass"? surface=grass yes,
landcover=grass maybe (and if it's the "natural" bit you're objecting
to, you might be able to justify man_made=grass) but landuse=grass
absolutely not. Landuse is for general planning/zoning classification,
such as residential, industrial, mixed etc.

The feature that has a grass surface will be something else, something
more specific like a park, a residential garden, a meadow, a field
(landuse=agriculture), or maybe the grass is just there because
*something* has to be (e.g. the centre of a roundabout). You're using a
tag originally intended for a sociopolitical construct (land use and
zoning) to show a physical characteristic of the land (what it's covered
with). The two are only loosely connected at best, and a surface covered
with grass can be put to many different and mutually exclusive *uses*.


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