Proposed features/Indoor Shopping Centre

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Indoor Shopping Centre
Proposal status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: *
Tagging: amenity=indoor_shopping_centre

Indoor Shopping Centre

I added this as a value for the amenity-tag, but I'm not sure if this is correct. We have a problem regarding map-drawing maybe if someone would try to outline the shops in the shopping-centre when there are multiple levels/floors. One could add a tag "level/floor=x" to the shop.

One could argue that a shopping-centre is always indoor, but I'm not sure about this.


There are indoor shopping malls, where access to most, if not all, the stores is via an internal hallway system. But there are also outdoor shopping malls, which are similar, but the stores are accessible via a series of outdoor pedestrian ways. Thirdly, there are 'strip malls' where all the stores are accessible from one facing wall. --Cohort 07:27, 11 June 2007 (BST)

In british these would be known all as "shopping centres" - the strip malls would be an "out of town shopping centre" or a "retail park" if urban - which basically means a bunch of car parks near some huge box-like shops. Morwen 08:17, 11 June 2007 (BST)
Morwen, I don't think "out of town shopping centre" really makes sense, if it's in town. strip malls are also not the same as retail parks. Wikipedia link:

I think this would be better as "building=shopping_centre" or "shop=shopping_centre" instead. Indoor/outdoor is probably unnecessary; outlining the whole building should be sufficient if necessary, I don't think we need to do a whole floor plan of the place! --Hawke 22:49, 11 June 2007 (BST)

I agree, it should be "shopping_centre" (not sure about the key though), and the outline of the building should be mapped. Frankie Roberto 19:38, 22 July 2007 (BST)

There seems to be an overlap with the Mall proposal. Due to the short tag I prefer Mall. I wouldn't distinguish between indoor/outdoor or any other details. Toralf 10:17, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

I would not recommend making a distinction between "shopping mall", "shopping centre", or "retail aglomerate" since featurewise they're impractical to distinguish and they come in too many in-between shades. They are more differing by style and culture than from a mapping standpoint of view. Looking at various countries, I feel that how they are named is more a matter of taste and regional marketing than anything else. Thus, we should stick with "shopping mall" or choose a most broadly applicable generic term, such as "retail aglomerate" or something similar.
By the way, even setting "retail aglomerate"s off from "compartment store"s may be foggy, since many classic compartement stores incrasingly lease out some of their many square feet to third parties such as restaurants, bakeries, florists, hairdressers, travel shops, banks, insurance brokers, jeweleries, newspaper and tobacco retailers, and so on.