[Tagging] Area with restaurants, hotels, cinemas - is it landuse=commercial?

Michael Patrick geodesy99 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 16:42:50 UTC 2018

> If it’s 40 storeys of apartments above a 3 storey mall, use landuse=retail
for the whole mall area, and building=apartment for the residential towers.
The whole, larger mall building could probably be building=mall; it sounds
like there are several tall but narrow residential towers around or on top
of a bigger mall.

You're describing ( in the USA anyways) Mixed Use classification.
>From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed-use_development
*Mixed-use development is a type of urban development that blends
residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or entertainment uses,
where those functions are physically and functionally integrated, and that
provides pedestrian connections. Mixed-use development can take the form of
a single building, a city block, or entire neighbourhoods. The term may
also be used more specifically to refer to a mixed-use real estate
development project—a building, complex of buildings, or district of a town
or city that is developed for mixed-use by a private developer, (quasi-)
governmental agency, or a combination thereof. *

In the USA, under the impetus of Growth Management legislation in most
states and metropolitan areas, the concept isn't only restricted to urban

> Commercial areas are less important but are still more likely to be
destinations of trips, compared to residential and industrial.

There is lots of trip data, but most trips are multiple pairs and or
> I initially disliked the idea of only tagging retail landuse for mixed-use
> urban centers, but it makes sense based on the need to tag one feature on
> one area, and the limited options for rendering maps with overlapping
> landuse.

Back in 1994, after examining existing schemes, the APA came up with the
LBCS <https://www.planning.org/lbcs/standards/> as a minimal schema to make
sense of the semantics of LULC. The EU also has a similar LULC
harmonization under the INSPIRE framework

Michael Patrick
Data Ferret
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