[Tagging] How to tag a building constructed for a gastronomic purposes?

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Thu Sep 27 13:41:55 UTC 2018

> On Sep 27, 2018, at 4:20 PM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
> That was the intention. But many mappers are mapping the function of the building, not the appearance/architecture.

TLDR: it's difficult to understand the spirit of building=* as "constructed type" when almost all buildings one is mapping are used by their owner for their initially built purpose; this leads to a general misunderstanding of building=* usage. 


My house in San Diego was built in 1922, and is in the oldest 1% of structures. Most were built after 1960. 

In some areas, the structure is valuable, easily repurposable, and/or is not expected to be demolished - which would lead to the building=* tag to be different than the current use of the occupant. 

This descrepancy is what has led to some people (myself included) as the tag being for defining the general purpose the building  as it is currently used (building=retail, industrial, house, etc), which is not it's intended purpose. 

I understand the idea of the "constructed type" being defined through building=*, but that is very difficult to grasp when you tag mostly buildings made after WWII that are still used for the same purpose. 


Japan is a very old place - but everything old is a temple or has rotted away  - so many buildings: residential, commercial, and industrial are boom-times building (1960,1970s) - there is just so little repurposing of structures that I see.  Perhaps 1 in 5000 structures (where I am mapping) are repurposed, and the ones I know of are storehouse/warehouses from silk production -  there are just a handful. Most everything here gets demolished and the lot gravelled when the land is sold - people dont buy structures; they buy land. prewar wood and bamboo structures exist but are abandoned, boomyear house-shops have the shop portion shuttered, post war low-income housing was (& is still being) demolished to make apartment blocks that are now themselves being demolished for modern apartment complexes.  The only exception is a glut of 1990's 7-11s that were abandoned and repurosed into other shops - but almost 100% are still retail.  Old blocks of stores are demolished and convenience stores spring from the gravelled lots are like weeds here. I counted 7 new ones under construction in the past 10 days - they all are new construction replacing demolished older shops. 

I imagine tagging a bakery In a church building would entail using building=church - but for some mappers, it a very rare occurrence, leading to building=* to feel like  a usage identifier rather than for structure construction type, which I guess has led to mis-mapping and tag value pollution. 


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