[Tagging] Amenity parking

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 20:48:07 GMT 2012

2012/1/11 Erik Johansson <erjohan at gmail.com>:
> On the first line of amenity=parking: it says "A parking lot is an
> area reserved for parking cars, trucks, motorcycles etc." Which is a
> broad and in my opinion good way to describe something: include
> everything by default. (See problems with natural=tree).


> Further down
> it says "A default amenity=parking means a free public parking lot on
> surface." So it's as coherent as a wiki should be.. :-) And makes me
> think that there will be lots of bad data..

actually this is a recent wiki fiddling attempt. The default for
missing information is: missing information. Changing (or setting)
defaults after years of mapping cannot work.

> I will gladly change my amenity=parking to what ever you decide. Does
> access=private work? The parking lots aren't private it's just that
> you can't park there.

access=private doesn't say that something is private, it means that
the right to access is private / given on an individual basis. Current
tagging practice (access=private AFAIK, also rendered differently in
Mapnik) does indeed seem wrong if you can access the parking (e.g. you
can cross it on foot or bike) but cannot park there.


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