Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL, USA, is one of the prime commercial areas in Daytona Beach. Currently the city government is making extensive modifications to the street itself, moving it from two lanes each direction to one lane. It’s also adding parking and trying to convert the street from a through road to a destination.
And so it was disconcerting to notice that one entire block of Beach Street – from International Speedway Boulevard to Magnolia Avenue, had only one business listed, Net Works, Inc. It’s understandable why a computer company would be on OSM. After all, we’re all geeks, right.
But there were a lot of stores, etc., that were ignored on that block. Additionally, all the different storefronts and alleys were all combined into a single “building”. So I walked down the street this morning, adding in every open business between those two streets. I also separated out the buildings and left open the alley. It’s difficult to talk about attracting business if the map doesn’t show any place for the people to go.
Of course, now I have to deal with the delay time as the changes work their way slowly through the different OSM zoom levels. Right now (six hours later) the changes haven’t propagated through any zoom levels, although they do appear on the Edit screen if you feel the urge to see the changes. Oh well, we’ll see what it looks like in a few days.
I’m not 100% accurate on where the specific businesses are. However, the order is correct, and the difference should be minor.
This morning I also added a couple more businesses from my daily commute to work.
Comment from roptat on 28 October 2020 at 22:43
Well done :)
the changes propagated here as I can see the stores. You probably need to remove the cache from your browser (on firefox you can use Ctrl+F5 to clear the cache for the current page only, I think there are similar shortcuts for other browsers). It usually takes less that a minute for the biggest zoom levels.
Looking at the area, there seem to be two Net Works, Inc POIs, which is a problem I think :)
Comment from FredrikC on 29 October 2020 at 12:49
The changes don’t propagate at all levels.
I’m using Chrome. I’ve cleared the cache. When I’m zoomed out I can see all my edits, but as I zoom in, they disappear and the pre-edit single building still appears.
The issue with two Net Works, Inc. POIs is that the building and the point are both labeled Net Works, Inc. I’m not sure which one should remain and which one should be gone.
Comment from roptat on 29 October 2020 at 14:47
I have a personal preference for tagging a business as a separate point. After all, there’s no rule that one building is only one business (think towers, or malls). But it also depends how other mappers work around you. If they have a preference for businesses as buildings, then it’s not a good idea to change the style of mapping unless you have a meeting and everyone changes their mind :)
I’d say keep only the oldest node or building, as it carries more history. I also noticed a double Jimmy John’s. There might be other duplicate businesses.