[Tagging] Are addresses features or attributes?

Friedrich Volkmann bsd at volki.at
Mon Jul 22 07:17:30 UTC 2013

On 22.07.2013 04:21, Clifford Snow wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM, Friedrich Volkmann <bsd at volki.at
> <mailto:bsd at volki.at>> wrote:
>     When a shop changes, it is true that the address is more permanent. Just
>     like the coordinates are more permanent. But we won't necessarily keep
>     them in OSM if there's no shop anymore. As this is unusual, let's habe a
>     look at doctors instead. A doctor may have his practice in the 3rd
>     floor, door number 27. When he retires, he (or someone else) may use
>     that apartment for living. It's no POI anymore. It just becomes an
>     ordinary flat like the 50 other flats in the house. Keeping the naked
>     address with floor and door number would be completely useless. Of
>     course, we wish to keep the address of the whole house, but there we are
>     at attibutes again.
> I'm in favor of keeping addresses on vacant lots. Vacant lots often get
> rebuilt.

I agree that addresses of vacant lots (parcels) should be retained in OSM. 
This is different to my example above.

> In the US cities I've lived, the address remains the same. Of
> course there are exceptions, for example, if the original building was on a
> corner lot and the new building had it main entranced moved to the other
> street, the building would most likely get a new number.

Well, that's a case for multipe addresses, see my proposal: 

Friedrich K. Volkmann       http://www.volki.at/
Adr.: Davidgasse 76-80/14/10, 1100 Wien, Austria

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