[Tagging] landuse for government offices ?

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Thu Sep 20 13:45:45 UTC 2018

> On Sep 20, 2018, at 8:49 PM, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> But this discussion is about land usage

Yes, and the Civic functions of governing a people are very different than the usage of educating them, treating their health, selling them goods, and manufacturing said goods. We have landuses (or at least area uses) for each. 

It's not about the buildings, nor the grass, but the importance people give to the set activities and services performed by Civic representatives and servants. That makes the location special - so it is mapped differently. 

We have a special name for the building they occupy, and often have large multi-building complexes - with it's own name - that deserves the same level of mapping granularity we give to office buildings, elementary schools, malls, hospitals, industrial complexes, power stations, and transportation centers. 

Even if all the buildings were *exactly the same* and sat on identical square plots of land, owned by the same person, one after another down the street, a fence separating each, with only the sign out front to denote their differences - each would have it's point(s), it's building, and it's landuse tagged in a different manner.

I do not want to shoehorn in one type into another for no discernable reason, other than "it looks like an office building" - nor does it represent the "ground truth" in thousands of mappable landuses. It may not apply to your area, but it sure does to mine and others around the globe - possibly in the capital city of every region and country on Earth. 

Just because you don't feel it is necessary in your region, that is zero justification for it's disapproval. There are other regions where it is totally justified. OSM is flexible enough to handle all use cases if we have enough categories of points, buildings, and a enough landuses to mix and match to represent _all_ the types of situations, not just what you (or I) am familiar with. 


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