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Squares are often of interest for tourists and navigation to them is sought after. Examples:

I disagree with the need for an addr: tag. Streets and places do not have addresses, they have names that become part of the address of adjacent objects. So the fifth house adjacent to Красная площадь gets the appropriate address, not the square itself. An address is something I can post a letter to, I cannot send one to a place. The soviet government did not sit on the Red Square, they sat in the Кремль, which is adjacent to the square, and uses the square in its address.
As for navigation, the questions from tourists you cite demonstrate that they have the same misconception that an address is the only thing you can programme into your satnav. You can equally navigate to a named point of interest, or a place. Having the square in the place=* namespace provides the advantage, that routing engines most likely have the key already in the database, so navigating to place=square + name=Красная площадь is as easily implemented as navigating to place=city + name=Москва.

--Polarbear w (talk) 23:41, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

I also disagree with the need for an addr:* tag by the same reason. Also, saying that USSR government had an address on the Red Square is completely incorrect (Wikipedia doesn't have reliable source reference for that statement) - first, "USSR Government" is a blanket term, which refers to several administrative offices, and all of them had own buildings (and addresses) somewhere else. --BushmanK (talk) 17:25, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
I also disagree with adding address tags at squares, squares are part of addresses, but they don't have an address on their own. You can route to these place=square objects like you can route to any other POI. --Dieterdreist (talk) 09:18, 28 June 2016 (UTC)


Only one thing is disturbing me: the place=* tag is normally being used to indicate something administrative - I'd rather have preferred to use landuse=* tag instead which is for describing areas... --katpatuka (talk) 05:53, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

actually the tag place is used to describe something geographical, it's the tag boundary=administrative that is used for indicating administrative entities / their boundaries. Landuse on the other hand is an attribute and not suitable to define features (e.g. it can be arbitrarily split without changing meaning) --Dieterdreist (talk) 06:39, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Difference between place=square and highway=pedestrian

What's the difference between tagging an area with place=square and with highway=pedestrian (aside from rendering, which is non-existent with place=square)? Or are both to be used in combination? --Absay (talk) 00:41, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

place=square is "orthogonal" to other tags, since the square can comprise several things, like a pedestrian area, streets, ways, a park, green areas, etc. It can also completely consist of one of them, in this case the same object would have the physical tag and the place tag. Rendering place=square is applied for and will come once there are enough in the database, most likely initially with label only. --Polarbear w (talk) 08:32, 10 March 2017 (UTC)