Rest areas revisited (Places)

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Rest areas revisited (Places)

Postby jasonh300 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:09 pm

I've been working on some interstates lately, and found a slight problem with the rest area guidance that we came up with last year.

Currently, the Wiki reads:
The Rest Area Place area should be covered by a landmark, drawn to the borders, and along right-of-way of the adjacent highway, but not snapped to the highway, and should not cross a highway if the rest area is on both sides. A landmark type of "Transportation" should be used. The landmark should be named as follows, using the highway name and cardinal direction as part of the name for POI search purposes: "I-10 W Rest Area", "Pennsylvania Turnpike E Service Area" if commercial restaurant/fuel is offered, or "Tennessee Welcome Center" for official state welcome centers. If the rest area is given a name by the state D.O.T., it may be used, e.g., "Dizzy Dean Rest Area".


The problem I see here is that in the new Places hierarchy of Place Types, "Transportation" is a parent heading with sub-types under it. I'm not sure if it's even a valid Place Type without selecting a sub-type.

There's no good sub-type under Transportation, and I'm not sure that Transportation is even a good type.

My proposal would be to use the "Park" type, which would make it stand out a bit on the map, and a Rest Area probably more closely fits the definition of Park better than anything else.

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Re: Rest areas revisited (Places)

Postby sketch » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:13 pm

There's nothing wrong with using a general category for a place that doesn't fit into a different category. A cigar shop doesn't fit in anything more specific than "shopping and services", for example.

I think "Transportation" is fine; at least it's a good fit logically. Whatever we do, we will have to go through and change all the old ones because the old "Museum / Visitor Center" category was migrated into "Museum", and that's wrong.
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Re: Rest areas revisited (Places)

Postby jasonh300 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:46 pm

sketch wrote:There's nothing wrong with using a general category for a place that doesn't fit into a different category. A cigar shop doesn't fit in anything more specific than "shopping and services", for example.

I think "Transportation" is fine; at least it's a good fit logically. Whatever we do, we will have to go through and change all the old ones because the old "Museum / Visitor Center" category was migrated into "Museum", and that's wrong.


I came across several along I-55 and none of them were categorized Museum...they were all different.

I did them all as "Transportation" for the time being, but it just seems like Park would be a better fit. There's also "Information Point", but that may be misleading since some rest areas don't have any such thing.
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Rest areas revisited (Places)

Postby sketch » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:51 pm

Yeah, as you've probably noticed by now, I never really got to 55. I've done all of them between here and Sarnia, Ontario (10-59-65-71-75-94), a few from here east on I-10 (up thru the first one or two in Fla.), and I think every one in Louisiana.

I'm fine with Park if that's what we decide.


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Re: Rest areas revisited (Places)

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:38 pm

I prefer Transportation.
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Re: Rest areas revisited (Places)

Postby qwaletee » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:20 pm

I prefer to keep driving

But I also like to keep the car smelling fresh
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Re: Rest areas revisited (Places)

Postby kentsmith9 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:03 pm

Transportation seems better to me. I am not going to a rest area to enjoy the park (as my destination), I am there because I am on the road to a different destination.
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