Baltimore, Maryland/Landuse

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At http://aperiodic.net/osm/baltimore.html, there is a rendering of Baltimore City's landuse and parcel shapefiles from the city's Open Data Catalog. URLs are given for all of the major editors to use the tiles as backgrounds, and the map key is supplied.


Data Quality

The parcel data appears to be reasonably accurate to within a few meters. The landuse borders appear to have been drawn on top of the parcel data with a bit less precision. Landuse areas also seem to have been extended to most road centerlines, not the parcel boundaries at the roads' edges. Mappers are encouraged to follow parcel boundaries more closely than the City employees who created the landuse shapefile.

Landuse Values

Shapefile Value Suggested Tagging Notes
Cemetery landuse=cemetery
Business/Industrial Park landuse=commercial
High Intensity Commercial landuse=commercial or landuse=retail
High Intensity Commercial/High Density Residential landuse=commercial or landuse=retail
High Intensity Commercial/Medium Density Residential landuse=commercial or landuse=retail
Medium Intensity Commercial landuse=commercial or landuse=retail
Low Intensity Commercial landuse=commercial or landuse=retail
Shopping Center landuse=retail Usually tagged around a series of smaller commercial zones.
Transportation ROW landuse=highway
Industrial landuse=industrial
Industrial/Private Institutional landuse=industrial
Maritime Industrial landuse=industrial
Public Institutional Facilities/City Varies Many of these areas are public schools, but courts and prisons also get this classification. Tag what's there.
Public Institutional Facilities/Non-City Varies
Private/Institutional Facilities Varies
Natural Area Varies Many of these should be natural=wood or landuse=forest.
Downtown Parking Lot amenity=parking
Parks/Recreation leisure=park landuse=recreation_ground or leisure=nature_reserve might apply instead.
Railroad landuse=railway
High Density Residential landuse=residential
High Density Residential/Medium Intensity Commercial landuse=residential
Medium Density Residential landuse=residential
Medium Density Residential/Medium Intensity Commercial landuse=residential
Medium Density Residential/Low Intensity Commercial landuse=residential
Low Density Residential landuse=residential
Undeveloped No tags.