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Exploring Google Maps

Bear Up North

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This thread is being introduced to provide a method for the geography geeks and satellite image geeks that hang in Club Cyburbia to share hints and directions for exploring Google Maps.....and locating cool places and images. This Bear spends a lot of time wandering around the world.....especially the states......using Google Maps to do all of the following.....

Follow routes that I have personally traveled on.
Look for buildings that I have been in.
Follow routes that I have read about, heard about, or am just curious about.
Search for industrial areas, to get a feel for the logistics of movement and place.
Check out airport design.
Evaluate the limited-access highway networks for cities and metros.
Determine community growth by evident suburbs (cul-de-sac land).
Consider the overall impression left to the viewer, based on the season when the satellite images were taken.
Gaze into and at natural wonders.
Explore quirky and unique road patterns.
Follow railroad routings.
Follow river and stream routings.
Gaze in awe at the size of waterfront homes.
Yadda.

Many of these things may be near-and-dear to Cyburbians. Check out the suggested "look-see" locations. Provide some of your own, too. Let's go exploring!
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Vilnius, Lithuania.....Just northwest of the CBD is a rather unique roundabout. A portion of it is elevated over a main route. The roundabout helps feed that main route.

Toronto VS Twin Cities.....If you spend some time (at the same resolution) comparing Toronto with the Twin Cities, you get a real visual understanding of the difference between a "car-friendly metro" and a "pedestrian-friendly metro". The Twins are criss-crossed by limited-access highways. Toronto has some of the widest limited-access highways.....but very few considering its' huge size.

Ladd Circle, Portland.....Portland, OR.....just SE of the CBD is a unique neighborhood. It has a circle street in the center, with obvious "spikes".

Moscow & Crowded Roads.....The thing that I noticed about the limited-access and main highways of Moscow was that they all have very heavy traffic. Apparently, freedom provides vehicles. ;)

Bedford Park Railyard......The huge CSX railyard in Bedford Park (Chicago, just south of Midway Airport) is incredible. A railfan's dream.
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What explore you?

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Ladd Circle, Portland.....Portland, OR.....just SE of the CBD is a unique neighborhood. It has a circle street in the center, with obvious "spikes".
Bear
It's called Ladd's Addition :D The streets are narrow, lined with lovely elm trees, has five parks, and four rose beds at the N, S, E, W coordinates, and indeed has the beloved (and hated) circle that you mention. In my younger years I dated a fellow that lived not too far from there and we would often bike through the area on weekends.

Some other cool things you might like to find in the Portland Metro area:
Hillsboro Arch (hint: its on the MAX line)
40-Mile Loop bike/hike path
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Chinese Classical Garden
PGE Park
Portland State University/South Park Blocks
Waterfront Park
 

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I found myself looking at wikimapia today. I was looking at the Pittsburgh area. It was different in that it highlighted and labeled certain areas - parks, neighborhoods, tunnels, schools.
 

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During the Summer Olympics, I spent quite a bit of time wandering around Beijing. Much is uninteresting industrial or nondescript worker's housing but it was educational to wander around the Forbidden City and the older parts of the city.
 

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Mostly what I look at are street patterns in cities abroad. I especially like to look at underdeveloped countries like Afghanistan, any of the African nations, etc. Look at the high density areas in cities like Mumbai, India; Rio (Brazil), etc.
 
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Vilnius, Lithuania.....Just northwest of the CBD is a rather unique roundabout. A portion of it is elevated over a main route. The roundabout helps feed that main route.
Many of the UK trunk road and motorway junctions/intersections are constructed in such a fashion. For example, in Sheffield the junction of the A57 (Parkway) and A6102 (Prince of Wales Road) is almost identical to the Vilnius example. If you trawl up the M1 motorway you will also see many similar examples.

I love Google Earth and have spent quite a few hours having a poke around. Far flung Asian cities are a favourite, and also the tiny islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans - e.g. Diego Garcia, The Pitcairns. Airports and military bases are interesting too. Somewhere in the US is a massive area of mothballed aircraft, the name escapes me now. It's quite a sight.

A couple of local features to me for you guys to look up, should you wish:

- The horseshoe shaped building in Leeds (north east of the city centre) - despite winning design awards, the apartments have been abandoned since construction was completed as a design fault meant that they were liable to collapse. They were meant to provide affordabble housing close to the city centre.

- The glut of back-to-back terraced houses in the inner-city areas of Leeds - particularly between the A64 and A58 trunk roads, and south of the M621 motorway.

Many of the UK cities can be viewed on maps.live.com too, in almost an axonometric view.
 

Bear Up North

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More To Explore

Here are a few more cool places to visit, via Google Map technology (or via any of the other satellite mapping sites).....

Lake Oswego, OR.....This is the suburb of Portland that my son lives in, so it was a given for this Bear to explore here. Check out the actual lake....and zoom in on the house on the island, with its' own bridge. Now that's living!

Mount St. Helen's.....Use the 2000 ft Google Map scale to zoom in to the much-changed-since-the-blast volcano. Too cool!

Mount Rushmore.....I checked out this National Monument. In the satellite images on Google the actual mountain is somewhat obscured by clouds. (Visited a couple times by this Bear.)

Sunshine Skyway.....Cool views of the impressive Sunshine Skyway, including the older bridge (that was replaced after an accident).

Empire Mine.....Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the huge Empire Mine (just west of Marquette) is quite a site from the air. The iron ore mining complex employs more than 1000 Yoopers.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI.....Check out the world's busiest locks (in terms of tonnage). Notice the stream that winds through the CBD. That is the Sault Power Canal, almost 3 miles in length, racing downstream at 5 to 7 miles per hour. The water pours through the longest (at 1/4 mile) horizontal shaft in the world, providing electrical power for the eastern Upper Peninsula.

Rouge Plant.....For those who like to check out images of industrial might, the Ford Motor Rouge Plant is the vehicle of choice. This plant.....actually 93 separate buildings.....employed more than 100,000 in the 1930s. The facility was designed by Albert Kahn. Check out all of the railroad tracks that circle and run between the buildings. There are over 100 miles of track in the complex.

The facility even has its' own I-94 interchange (although it may be signed differently) and its' own ship yard.

This Bear toured the plant back in 1966.....watched them making Mustangs.
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Bear Up North

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Naval Base Swastika

Here's an interesting Google Map satellite view.....at the Coronado Naval Base in San Diego, one of their buildings is shaped like a swastika. :-c The Navy has indicated that they are working on some minor changes that will significantly change the view from the air. As of this morning (last day of Feb 09) it still shows as a giant swastika.

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Mostly what I look at are street patterns in cities abroad. I especially like to look at underdeveloped countries like Afghanistan, any of the African nations, etc. Look at the high density areas in cities like Mumbai, India; Rio (Brazil), etc.
On a similar note, I like to hunt down North American-style development in places where one would least expect it.

Looking around Harare, Zimbabwe, even from a Google Satellite view, it doesn't appear that much different than a low-density North American city, although what's on the ground may tell a different story. Scrolling around, though, it's damn hard to find a shantytown or anything that looks like a South African township. The Rhodesia-era Salisbury was supposedly a well-off city, though.

Much of Namibia has a lot of development that is "Phoenix-ish", for lack of a better word. There's also North American-style subdivisions on the fringes of most large Chinese cities.
 

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From examining Google air photos, I'm completely amazed at how the Italians were able to run their major motorways where they did, especially along and near their northwestern Mediterranean coast. Yet, due to its strategic location on major cross-continent trade routes, commerce across southern Europe would have ground to a complete halt decades ago had they not done that.

Example, the A-10/A-26 interchange at Voltri, Italy.

:-o

Mike
 
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Bear Up North

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Cul-De-Sac Trophy

Exploring Google Maps and Live Search Maps I nominate the Kansas City Metro for the Cul-De-Sac Trophy. Any others I am missing that may be more deserving of this prestigious dead-end honor?

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Bear Up North

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Jackson Laboratory

This morning this Bear was exploring Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Bass Harbor, and all the other cool places that are in that rocky shoreline area of Maine. I noticed a large cluster of buildings south of Bar Harbor. Large parking lots seemed to bookend the linear complex. Good old Google helped me make a preliminary determination of this interesting cluster of buildings.

SWAG Method: Jackson Laboratory, with over one thousand employees involved in genetic reasearch.

So, I just have to ask a local resident, luckless pedestrian, a couple key questions:

1. Was my SWAG on target?
2. Do truckloads of mice roar up and down your coastline highway?

:D

Bear
 

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Just south of 38100 Buckskin Lane Crosslake MN has the longest residential dock in the state of Minnesota.

It is 2 football fields long.
 

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This morning this Bear was exploring Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Bass Harbor, and all the other cool places that are in that rocky shoreline area of Maine. I noticed a large cluster of buildings south of Bar Harbor. Large parking lots seemed to bookend the linear complex. Good old Google helped me make a preliminary determination of this interesting cluster of buildings.

SWAG Method: Jackson Laboratory, with over one thousand employees involved in genetic reasearch.

So, I just have to ask a local resident, luckless pedestrian, a couple key questions:

1. Was my SWAG on target?
2. Do truckloads of mice roar up and down your coastline highway?

:D

Bear
Not that it amounts to Cyber-staliking, but I do believe I have in the past stumbled upon a particular garage in Swanton, OH where someone I know does a considerable amount of weekend putzing and listening to horn bands. . .
 

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I've certainly done my fair share of Google mapping and Google Earth exploring. I've checked out pretty much all national monuments and national parks. I've looked for all the places I've lived to see how the area has changed. I recently explored some of the tiny islands in the Pacific and Carribean. Midway Island is so small. Hard to believe it was a such a hard fought battle ground. My favorite place in the world so far? Islands of Palau (about 300 miles east of Philippines). Now THAT looks like paradise!

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=palau&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl
 

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I love playing on Google Maps. I especially like the cities that have some of the clearer, high-quality images available (Baltimore and Washington D.C. are the only two I know of). The only problem I have with Google maps is that I'm afraid my curiosity will get the best of me and that by the tiime it's all said and done, there won't be a single square inch on this planet (or at least in this country) that I haven't already seen. Especially when you combine this with various YouTube videos.
 

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I love to explore tropical islands on google map/earth, especially on long days at work when things are slow (not too often). I also love to 'drive by' my grandparents house and various family members that are far away. I think my favorite places to go are national monuments and historic sites because people tend to post lots of pictures on google earth.
 

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I like to scout the worlds navel ports. A commercial ship of any kind is very different than a warship. Another reason I will be added to the no fly list.

Also, I like to see the "Mega Dam's".
German aerial photography.
Castle's



I also use it for work. When no address has been assigned to a parcel, and the owner does not live on site, you can closely estimate what the address would be by using the google maps, Street Place Finder Orange Dude. It will give you an approximate address if it does not have one.
 

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Exploring Google Maps and Live Search Maps I nominate the Kansas City Metro for the Cul-De-Sac Trophy. Any others I am missing that may be more deserving of this prestigious dead-end honor?

Bear
Finally, an outsider confirms it...thank you. I have been fighting cul-de-sacs for years and finally got some pretty good policy passed in my last job.

Many of our 108 (plus or minus) municipalities that have no reason for being are still stuck in the 1960's with their street patterns. Is this a reflection of the planners or the dumbass elected officials? :-@:-@:-@
 

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Lately I have been using BING maps rather than GOOGLE. Better, IMO.....

Wanna see something interesting, scary, but probably more common than we (maybe just me) think? Do a BING MAP search of Marquette, MI. Move to the southwest to the little town of Palmer, MI. Notice the huge mining operation to the west of town. That is the Empire Mine and a bit farher west is the Tilden Mine. Huge iron ore mining complexes.

Move a tad south of the open pit area, which is very obvious. Check out what appears to be a hug tailings pond.....it is ORANGE.

I have driven in this area and don't recall seeing that. Scary.

Of course, I was driving a vehicle made out of......iron (ore).

:D

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Bear Up North

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Paper Mills

This morning I was reading the on-line version of Marquette, Michigan's Mining Journal. There was an article about the paper mill in Quinnesec, MI.....they are doing quite well, thank you. I checked the web site of the mill's parent company and then did some BING MAPS exploring.

In addition to the Quinnesec mill, Verso Paper Corporation has mills in Sartell, MN, Jay, ME, and Bucksport, ME.

Fun to look at the mills from above. I usually check out the complex, trying to determine where the loads come in by rail and by truck, check for retaining ponds, log yards, other interesting view-from-above features. I also check out the main roads going to the mill, assuming that a large paper facility will place a regular string of vehicles coming and going through any adjacent town or built-up area.

One could also assume that these mills are the dominant (and high-paying) business in these areas. My nostrils reminded me (I have a "scratch and sniff" monitor ;)) that paper mills can be smelly.

Quinnesec is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is part of a small metropolitan area that includes Iron Mountain and Norway. Sartell is north of St. Cloud, MN. The mill hugs the Mississippi River. The mill in Jay is in the western part of the state, along the Androscoggin River. The Bucksport facility is near the coast, not too far (as the log floats) from Acadia National Park.

Fun stuff.

Bear
 

Rygor

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It's called Ladd's Addition :D The streets are narrow, lined with lovely elm trees, has five parks, and four rose beds at the N, S, E, W coordinates, and indeed has the beloved (and hated) circle that you mention. In my younger years I dated a fellow that lived not too far from there and we would often bike through the area on weekends.

Some other cool things you might like to find in the Portland Metro area:
Hillsboro Arch (hint: its on the MAX line)
40-Mile Loop bike/hike path
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Chinese Classical Garden
PGE Park
Portland State University/South Park Blocks
Waterfront Park
On my trip to Portland recently I managed to drive through Ladd's Addition, and indeed became disoriented and ended up going the entirely wrong direction once I made my way out.

We also visited:
Mt. Tabor Park (great views from up top!)
The Hollywood District
Kennedy School
The Grotto
Pearl District/Rogue Ale House/Deschutes/Powell's City of Books
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Portland State neighborhood
Lloyd District
Portland Aerial Tram (again great views)
Forest Park/Rose Garden
Lake Oswego/Wanker's Corners/West Linn

Very nice town.
 

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Maple Grove

I was wandering around on BING maps in metro Minneapolis - St. Paul. While following one of the numerous expressways I noticed what appeared to be a "lifestyle center" in Maple Grove,MN. I wanted to verify my guess, so I sliced into Wikipedia. The picture they show on the "Lifestyle Center" entry is just such a retail venue.....in Maple Grove. :)

Now I am headed for Toledo, to see if the pair of lifestyle centers are scanned from the heavens.

Bear
 

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I've used Google maps to render a quote on snow removal for an existing customer that wanted to add another location. Never had to leave the comfort of my desk chair...
 

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No, it's because the market loves cul-de-sacs. Houses on cul-de-sacs sell for a premium over similar houses not on cul-de-sacs.



Finally, an outsider confirms it...thank you. I have been fighting cul-de-sacs for years and finally got some pretty good policy passed in my last job.

Many of our 108 (plus or minus) municipalities that have no reason for being are still stuck in the 1960's with their street patterns. Is this a reflection of the planners or the dumbass elected officials? :-@:-@:-@
 

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Huckleberry Finn 2.0

Any Street View users out there? I use it quite a bit. I was up north for the week-end and I had a great idea - River View! The Googlers need to put their 360-degree cam in a boat an go down the Mississippi!
 

Bear Up North

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And The Missouri

Include The Ohio River.
Also include the Missouri River. All three rivers would be interesting....

Ohio
Golden Triangle (Confluence!)
Huge power plants
Big dams
Steep terrain
Small river towns (such as Madison, IN)
Louisville
Evansville

Mississippi
Origins (Lake Itasca, MN)
North woods
Twin Cities
Steep bluffs along Wisconsin border
Dubuque
Quads
St. Louis
Cairo
Memphis
Big dams
Big power plants
Barges and barges
New Orleans and the delta

Missouri
Headwaters (Montana, mountains - stunning!)
Huge dams and huge man-made lakes
Terrain with little to no trees (upper watercourse)
Small towns
Indian reservations
Dakota rolling hills
Bismarck (with tall Capitol Building in sight)
Iowa bluffs
Cows and corn
Kansas City
St. Louis

Bear
 

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At least along the Mississippi you can go down the Great River Road, already. I'm not sure if any other major rivers have anything like that where you can travel almost the whole length of the river adjacent to it on a continuous road network. The Ohio might. I'm pretty sure the Missouri doesn't.
 

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This thread is being introduced to provide a method for the geography geeks and satellite image geeks that hang in Club Cyburbia to share hints and directions for exploring Google Maps.....and locating cool places and images. This Bear spends a lot of time wandering around the world.....especially the states......using Google Maps to do all of the following.....

Follow routes that I have personally traveled on.
Look for buildings that I have been in.
Follow routes that I have read about, heard about, or am just curious about.
Search for industrial areas, to get a feel for the logistics of movement and place.
Check out airport design.
Evaluate the limited-access highway networks for cities and metros.
Determine community growth by evident suburbs (cul-de-sac land).
Consider the overall impression left to the viewer, based on the season when the satellite images were taken.
Gaze into and at natural wonders.
Explore quirky and unique road patterns.
Follow railroad routings.
Follow river and stream routings.
Gaze in awe at the size of waterfront homes.
Yadda.

Many of these things may be near-and-dear to Cyburbians. Check out the suggested "look-see" locations. Provide some of your own, too. Let's go exploring!
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Vilnius, Lithuania.....Just northwest of the CBD is a rather unique roundabout. A portion of it is elevated over a main route. The roundabout helps feed that main route.

Toronto VS Twin Cities.....If you spend some time (at the same resolution) comparing Toronto with the Twin Cities, you get a real visual understanding of the difference between a "car-friendly metro" and a "pedestrian-friendly metro". The Twins are criss-crossed by limited-access highways. Toronto has some of the widest limited-access highways.....but very few considering its' huge size.

Ladd Circle, Portland.....Portland, OR.....just SE of the CBD is a unique neighborhood. It has a circle street in the center, with obvious "spikes".

Moscow & Crowded Roads.....The thing that I noticed about the limited-access and main highways of Moscow was that they all have very heavy traffic. Apparently, freedom provides vehicles. ;)

Bedford Park Railyard......The huge CSX railyard in Bedford Park (Chicago, just south of Midway Airport) is incredible. A railfan's dream.
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What explore you?

Bear


Just thought I'd revitalize this thread because I happen to be playfully "wandering around" suburban Toronto on Google Maps. Why can't neighborhoods in the U.S. look like this??????

Go to Google Maps and type in this address to see what I'm talking about:

Fawcett Trail / Sewells Rd / Hupfield Trail, Toronto ON


Here we have a residential neighborhood with decent sized homes that fosters a strong sense of community through the employment of sidewalks on both sides of EVERY street and EVERY block, homes that are built close together (in some cases neighbors even share driveways), and to top it all off.............a transit stop right there in the neighborhood!

Looks like the perfect place to raise a family. Sadly I believe that a developer could never sell a neighborhood like this in the States, at least not here in the South. It's a cultural thing that allows this to happen (Canada's collectivist culture versus the United States' individualist, privacy-driven culture).

Seriously, I'm in love with the way Toronto neighborhoods are designed. I just provided one example. Wander around any residential community in the area and you will see that they are all designed like this.
 

Bear Up North

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SNIP SNIP SNIP
Go to Google Maps and type in this address to see what I'm talking about:

Fawcett Trail / Sewells Rd / Hupfield Trail, Toronto ON

SNIP SNIP SNIP

Seriously, I'm in love with the way Toronto neighborhoods are designed. I just provided one example. Wander around any residential community in the area and you will see that they are all designed like this.
Every time this Bear has been in Toronto I have noticed the massive amounts of newer neighborhoods, especially north of "The 401" and in the Mississauga area. Methinks that the movement out of Quebec in the 1970s led to much of that new construction, new neighborhoods.

Bear
 

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Any Street View users out there? I use it quite a bit. I was up north for the week-end and I had a great idea - River View! The Googlers need to put their 360-degree cam in a boat an go down the Mississippi!
If you go to my house on street view you can see my old jeep in the street. My friend's house has his bug out front.

I love using it to do a site visit without leaving the office.
 

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Am I dork for reporting my township being incorrectly located on Google Maps. I mean it's one thing that my home address shows up half a block away in the middle of a parking lot, but another entirely when you search the town's name and it comes up about 2 miles away!
 

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No your are not.
I would imagine they depend on people reporting to improve their accuracy.
Now it is another matter in the timelyness of their corrections.
 

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No your are not.
I would imagine they depend on people reporting to improve their accuracy.
Now it is another matter in the timelyness of their corrections.
Well they sent me a response saying they opened a ticket for the issue. My town is still mislocated. It's a recent change though that I noticed when I was looking for directions somewhere. I didn't bother putting my entire address in and just put the town and looking at the directions list pondered why it had my creeping and crawling down a rather congested road. Looking at the map I saw where the town was marked and it was about 2 miles off the mark and where it was marked is an area that doesn't even border the town.
 

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Nice pic of the Planit home. The dogwoods and redbuds are in full bloom, but nobody's home. The guy next door to my uncle's house is mowing his grass - other than that, nothing going on at any of my former houses or my grandparents places.
 

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NYC Roads

This Bear has spent considerable time exploring New York City and the NYC roads, expressways, parkways, tunnels, bridges, railroads, railyards, industrial areas, and waterfront areas. Urban geeks must love exploring Metro NYC.....a giant canvas that makes you wonder just how they make it all work.

BTW....I have been using BING rather than GOOGLE for my adventures. Better, IMO.

A good companion to searching NYC and environs is.....

http://www.nycroads.com/roads/

Have fun.

Bear
 

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This Bear has spent considerable time exploring New York City and the NYC roads, expressways, parkways, tunnels, bridges, railroads, railyards, industrial areas, and waterfront areas. Urban geeks must love exploring Metro NYC.....a giant canvas that makes you wonder just how they make it all work.

BTW....I have been using BING rather than GOOGLE for my adventures. Better, IMO.

A good companion to searching NYC and environs is.....

http://www.nycroads.com/roads/

Have fun.

Bear

I like that website, also nycsubway.org is a good one.

Why do some cities on Google Maps have crystal clear, HD images while others do not, sometimes within a few blocks of each other? I hate the blurry images that most cities in the U.S. have.
 

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Why do some cities on Google Maps have crystal clear, HD images while others do not, sometimes within a few blocks of each other? I hate the blurry images that most cities in the U.S. have.
That's a prime reason for switching to BING maps. Much clearer resolution, even when in very close.

Bear
 

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Rant View

The satellite image now shows an angry Bear.....

:-@:-@:-@

Every time I try to use Google Maps, after a short period of use it stops letting me move across a city, etc. Just kind of locks in one place.

That's why I switched to Bing Maps.

But Bing just made what they might think is a minor (and fun) (not :-@) change.....as you move across a city the first image is in very large font and eventually morphs to normal font. Drives me crazy.

And it was a short drive.

WTFF am I doing wrong? (Includes "flying". :-c)

Bear
 

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I don't know what's going on for you my bruin friend, but bing has new photos of my fair burg (last winter, as best as I can tell), but when you change views or scroll over slightly it slides into an older c. 2007 version. Then, getting back to the newest image is a crap shoot. Frustrating.
 

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^^ Do a 180° and you can follow...

three of the cars around the track.
 
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