[Talk-us] Mailboxes, etc.

Barry Parr barry at parr.org
Mon Oct 5 17:11:57 BST 2009

> >the US.  The wiki page does say that post_office is usable for private
> >facilities, but I disagree that such use is reasonable - the government
> >office and a private mailbox shop are totally different kinds of
> >entities.
> >
> >I would call them
> >
> >   shop=shipping
> >
> >or
> >
> >   shop=private_mailbox
> >
> >depending on the primary orientation of the business.
> I feel that they are similar enough to use the same primary tag, with
> operator and name being used to distinguish among the USPS, UPS store,
> This is even the direction that the USPS seems to want to go in -
> downplaying that they are a government agency and trying to appear more
> like a competitive commercial enterprise.
> It seems reasonable to infer that such a place has mailboxes for rent. I
> suppose a mailboxes=no tag could be used if needed.
> --
> Alan Mintz <Alan_Mintz+OSM at Earthlink.net>

There is a clear distinction between a Post Office and something else.

Blurring that line is almost certainly a mistake. I think they should be
described as a 'shop' and not a PO.


Barry Parr


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