[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - addr keys (2011-04)

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 15:20:33 BST 2011

In the US, this is usually generically called a "unit"--for a full list of
USPS "secondary units":
http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/usps_abbreviations.html#secunitdesig  You
can see Suite is one of these, along with Apartment and many others.

This page collects info about worldwide mail systems, at least Canada and
Australia seem to have unit designations similar to the US:

Royal Mail does have a way to search for flat number, but didn't see
anything more than that on their website.
this leaves us with Richard's question: is there a different British term?


On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM, Richard Welty <rwelty at averillpark.net>wrote:

> On 4/25/11 9:44 AM, Josh Doe wrote:
>> I was just thinking about this myself. We have lots of strip malls
>> around here, where a particular strip will have the same address
>> number, but is divided into a number of "suites". Some of these suites
>> are combined to contain one business, but the business will only use
>> one of the suite identifiers for their address. In one strip you'll
>> see "9570-A", "9570-B", "9570-F" depending on the size of the
>> businesses. I've just been putting this in addr:housenumber.
>>  i have been putting it into housenumber too, to a degree, but it's not
> really natural.
> and the suite model is very, very common, anytime you are looking
> at a shared building, whether it's office space, industrial space, or
> retail space.
> my concern here is purely making sure the tag name is well chosen.
> given that OSM tends to lean towards british usage, i'd like to know
> what that is.
> richard
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