[Tagging] governmental / public_administrative landuse are not commercial

johnw johnw at mac.com
Mon Nov 3 23:40:34 UTC 2014

and the line between public and private is not one OSM singles out very much (is is a public school vs a private school?), but things are separated by function. and the functions are of a civic government (pnsion offices, taxes, judicial, etc). I would use the word "public" or “government” but civil (opoopsite of military or company use) is a good fit, and civic is basically “for civil”, so it works well enough - and matches a pre-existing approved building subtag. 


> On Nov 4, 2014, at 8:30 AM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM, johnw <johnw at mac.com <mailto:johnw at mac.com>> wrote:
> Civic is what I suggested a few months ago. but where the line is drawn is up for debate: what is included in this catch-all, and what isn’t.
> I’ve tried arguing that each class should have their own catch-all landuse - eg: we have residential/ retail/ industrial/ commericial - and hundreds of different tags to properly define the the buildings that would fall into these 4 land uses.
> I believe there is a good case for landuse=civic (name matches building=civic) to cover the basic landuse of a myriad of public/civic/institutional/state services that could be tagged with more specific amenity tags, or a new civic=• subtag - either through point markers, building labels, or on the area with the landuse.
> Let the landuse denote class, and the other tags take care of the detail. just like with residential / commercial / retail / industrial.
> if you want to slice out a service  (eg, school, hospital, airport), that’s fine - but I think there is enough leftover to warrant another broad landuse class.
> I just noticed that my local government uses "public" for these types of landuse. That seems like a appropriate land use for most of the usages described. Civic refers to the duties of people associated with their governments. Public refers to being "open" as in the lands and buildings. 
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