Proposed features/Square

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Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: *
Tagging: landuse=square
Rendered as: gray shade as residential tag

"Other names for town square are civic center, city square, urban square, market square, public square, plaza (from Spanish), piazza (from Italian), and place (from French)" (wikipedia)

"In the South of England, the Pedestrian Shopping Mall, the part of the Town Centre where no cars are allowed, is often called a "Shopping Precinct", or just "The Precinct" when giving directions."

Types of square

  • all paved
  • paved, used for market
  • roads around edge, park in middle (london-style square)

Examples and images


  • Too specific. area=yes covers this and everything else, which was proposed some time ago here Ben. 02:38, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

I'd prefer "plaza" to "square". This is both more global (based on the above examples, all are pretty close and English also has "plaza" --Hawke 23:03, 11 June 2007 (BST)

  • Honestly I wouldn't use area=yes to tag "plaza" simply because it is just too general. In France, and I guess in most Latin countries, a "plaza" is a landmark in the city, not just an area of pedestrianized highway. I have plenty of these to tag and I think we definitely need a tag that conveys the meaning of what a "plaza" is. Even if square=yes (or plaza=yes) is equivalent to highway=pedestrian + area=yes, it just has more meaning. --Karouf 12:37, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
  • A "plaza"/"square" can be square in shape (or other irregular shape) and can be pedestrianized, mixed use (i.e. free motorized traffic, restricted motorized, etc.). In terms of specificity, I think that being as specific as possible should be permitted. I think that in relation to a road, a plaza will be in a termination of some sort of road or path (i.e. like a roundabout), making it a junction, but also is an area with a surface area much superior to that of the incoming roads (and that area needs to be able to be represented in relation to its bordering parks, roads, buildings, etc...)--Jacobly (talk) 10:25, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Use the 'Pedestrianised road' tag?

Can we extend highway=pedestrian to allow its use on areas? I have some paved areas to tag already, so would like to see some support for this in renderers rather than just endless debate about what to call it. Ojw 14:41, 29 April 2007 (BST)

See Proposed features/area, which is a proposal which would allow that. Morwen 09:43, 30 April 2007 (BST)

Using relations

If a "plaza" is more than simple a highway=pedestrian;area=yes, this "more" is visible in map features, such as additional ways, fountains, etc. Maybe there should be a relation that groups all of these features (including the pedestrianised area) together, similar to Relations/Proposed/Site. 3247 21:33, 12 January 2008 (UTC)