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Public-images-osm logo.svg demolished:
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Namespace for features that have been demolished, without any traces left. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Lifecycle
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination


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taginfo count: demolished:*

Status: in use



demolished: is a lifecycle prefix. It is used for features that have been demolished, without any traces left.

However, prior to 12/2014, it may have been used for things like ruins=* or when the feature is almost but not completely invisible.

There is some dispute over the use of this and other lifecycle tags, with the main argument being that OSM is for features existing on the ground. This tag, however, is useful for preventing other mappers from inadvertently remapping demolished features that are still visible in aerial/satellite imagery currently available in OSM editors. (The note=* key may be a slightly less controversial alternative for this purpose.) Use sparingly.





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