[Tagging] Gated communities - access=private or destination?

Nathan Edgars II neroute2 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 15 09:10:51 BST 2012

On 4/15/2012 3:55 AM, Alan Mintz wrote:
> At 2012-04-14 22:10, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
>> In the U.S., a gated residential community usually allows anyone in
>> who has a legitimate reason to be there (e.g. visiting a friend,
>> delivering a package, repairing a TV). It seems that this fits
>> access=destination as well as private. Would it be reasonable to tag
>> it as such, and leave access=private for secondary entrances that lack
>> a guard and can only be opened by residents?
> access=destination says nothing about a legitimate reason to be there
> according to the wiki (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Access) - just
> that it's your destination. For example, you might want to go to a park
> within such a community to walk your dog, which would seem to be allowed
> by access=destination on the gate node, roads, or parking, but that
> would be incorrect unless you are, or are the guest of, a resident.

On the other hand, private says "Only with permission of the owner on an 
individual basis". But the owner is the homeowners association, and the 
individual residents can allow people in.

In addition, the example for destination - "customer parking lots" - has 
the same problems as a gated community. You (usually) can't park there 
to sleep in your car or have a tailgate party.

How would you distinguish an entry for visitors from an entry for 
residents only?

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