[Tagging] governmental / administrative landuse are not commercial

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Fri Oct 3 13:32:48 UTC 2014

2014-10-03 15:19 GMT+02:00 Tom Pfeifer <t.pfeifer at computer.org>:

> I feel the need for a landuse tag for governmental / administrative use,
> maybe in the context of further civic use.

> We do have office=administrative and office=government but no appropriate
> tag for the land they stand on. Often such buildings are surrounded by
> some land and often fenced off.

not sure if office could also apply to the whole area (site) on which the
office building stands (similar to how this is done with other amenities).

Just to be sure: when writing about "administration" you are referring only
to the "public administration"?

> See an example here, an area with German immigration offices, currently
> tagged as landuse=commercial, but this is not a commercial activity:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/275145898
> Another complex of mostly ministry buildings. Only a few buildings
> near Leipziger Platz are really commercial:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/47161385
> For the Federal Chancellor's office, tagging landuse has simply been
> avoided since there was enough decorative grass around:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/157390075

Yes. I agree that the current practise of using "commercial" for all kinds
of offices seems a bit strange, at least from a German point of view. I am
not sure if the term "commercial landuse" is understood differently in
English speaking countries. E.g. they do call their centres "commercial
district" and "central business district" while in other cultures there
might be a less business related term in use to articulate high density
with mixed usage, but not focused on business (because there are also other
features located typically, like theatres, museums and other culture
related facilities).

I see the introduction of a new, more specific key positive, e.g.

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