[Tagging] Proposed: landuse=civic_admin - looking for comments.

johnw johnw at mac.com
Mon Mar 9 05:55:33 UTC 2015

current draft definition:

A new landuse <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:landuse>=* value for civil government buildings & complexes where citizens or services for citizens are managed. This includes legislative and executive centers, as well as administrative offices for government programs and mixed-use governmental complexes, such as most "city hall" complexes.

> On Mar 8, 2015, at 9:01 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'd see "administration" as part of the executive power, although every bigger entity, be it private or public, legislative, executive or judicial, will have some administration part.

If I knew nothing about the structure of government, just the buildings on the ground, I would notice that the “city hall” for many towns and small cities often (but not always) have combined complexes for both the assembly and mayor, and often offices for programs (national insurance, pension, taxes)

but the courthouse and the punishment system is often never in that same complex - in my experince. Is that different in places you have seen?

I am referring to administration in the general sense - people administer a program to do something - issue car licensing or building permits, collecting money, etc, or are involved in the creation or decision making process of those programs (leaders, legislative bodies, school boards, water boards, etc) 

but the primary purpose of a standard courthouse has nothing to do with the creation or management of government programs. They are there for dispute resolution - between private parties, between the police and a citizen, between the government ant it’s people - but ultimately it is about dispute resolution - which could be civil or criminal.

if - like most police stations, fire stations, and hospitals -  they sat on separate landuses, we wouldn’t be having this discussion - as a single landuse for executive, legislative, and judicial would not only be appropriate, but practical to implement as well. 

But it is impossible to implement a separate legislative and executive landuse because after mapping Washington DC, and a few capitol buildings, the first muli-use complex would make it fall apart - and the thousands of mixed-use city hall complexes in the US alone would make having separate landuses not practical, IMO. 

However, I think it is feasible to have a separate Judicial landuse.  Weather it is appropriate to do so is the question to you (and the rest of the taggers). 


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