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

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Tue Oct 21 13:22:17 UTC 2014

> On Oct 21, 2014, at 9:54 PM, Bryan Housel <bryan at 7thposition.com> wrote:
> 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
> and the “Valley Mall”:  http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/256668041
> (both of those are really shopping centers, not malls)

Yea. I tagged the local shopping centre here as a mall, because it has mall in the title ><. But I will be changing that. 
> 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.

Me too, until realizing we have both these these tags. I love landuse=*so much. 
> IMO, `shop=*` should really just be for a single shop.

Yea - the mall seems more like retail=* sub tag stuff,if one exists. 

>> 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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