[Tagging] landuse for government offices ?

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Thu Sep 20 11:49:09 UTC 2018

On 2018-09-20 12:22, John Willis wrote:

>> On Sep 20, 2018, at 5:39 PM, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>> Maybe it's just me, but I really can't understand why landuse for government functions needs its own tagging. The buildings are often indistinguishable from commercial properties
> Why does what the buildings look like matter?

That is yet another dimension - architectural style. But why is
"government" a specific case of "land use"? It is actually referring to
the activity carried on within. 

> Many parks are indistinguishable from natural=grassland or landuse=farmland, but we make the distinction.

There could be areas which are all three at once. At a macro scale, part
of a farm, but a field to which the public has controlled access. 

> In many places, a city hall is a very different place than an ordinary office building - even if we don't care that much about them.

If you are talking about architectural style, I agree. You can always
find examples to show this, and I am sure there are examples which show
the opposite as well. But this discussion is about land usage, and
whether a government office is any different to any other office in
terms of the usage of the land.
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