[Tagging] Shop vs amenity

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 23:47:35 UTC 2015

On 28/08/2015 9:21 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> sent from a phone
>> Am 28.08.2015 um 00:20 schrieb John Willis <johnw at mac.com>:
>> Interestingly, most electronics shops are "on stilts" - first floor is parking, second floor is is the main floor. In Tokyo, everything is crammed into the bottom floors of multi-story buildings, with the supermarkets in the basements of large buildings or malls
> I would bet both of them could be described with distinctive building types. It's pointless to call them building=retail because you can already see it from the building user (shop tag) that it's a retail building.

Here a building=retail could be a convenience store, a grocer, a baker ...
the building style remains the same, the occupying business can and does change over time. They may even be unoccupied for some time.
Thus building=retail is a very good tag.
Much like building=church. Even when not used as a church .. they are readily recognise as a church building.

A building=residential describes may styles of buildings, the style of a residence in the tropics is much different to that in colder climates.
So too there is a wide variety of retail buildings. Both are recognisable by their function.

If you want to further describe them ... fine .. develop sub tags, don't change the primary tag though.
for example
residence=queenslander  ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queenslander_%28architecture%29

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