[Tagging] Pre-RFC: shop=mall versus shop=shopping_centre

Bryan Housel bryan at 7thposition.com
Tue Oct 21 12:54:57 UTC 2014

Your description of a mall as an enclosed place makes sense to me, but where I live they seem to call anything a “mall”.

Here is the "Watchung Square Mall”: http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/258702838 <http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/258702838>
and the “Valley Mall”:  http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/256668041 <http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/256668041>
(both of those are really shopping centers, not malls)

Anyway, I avoid the `shop=mall` and `shop=shopping_centre` completely.  I usually tag `landuse=retail` for the area and `building=retail` for the buildings.

IMO, `shop=*` should really just be for a single shop.

> On Oct 21, 2014, at 7:21 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> To me analyzing the given examples it seems as if a mall was necessarily a closed place while a shopping center would/could have outdoor connectivity. They appear to be similar as they both have several independent shops and collective facilities like toilets and parking. Maybe a mall has to have restaurants and other eating facilities, while a shopping center doesn't have to (but could have). I think small sets of shops with collective parking won't qualify as "mall" but they might constitute a shopping center.
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