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Exploring Google Maps

Rygor

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OH MY GOODNESS... that is freaking awesome! Chicago photos from 1938!
Yes. It's loads of fun checking out what was there (or not there) before, say, O'Hare Airport was built, or the Mag Mile was developed, or pre-interstate highway. It's amazing to look at the now "near" west suburb I grew up in and see that it was surrounded by farm fields back in 1938, and was probably much like any other quaint farm town out in the sticks.
 

Tide

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Coors Field in Denver facing south is before a baseball game.

Facing north it is a totally different time.
Different time same day, the cars are parked all the same in both pictures, two different oblique passes within probably 30-60 minutes of each other.
 

hilldweller

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I love how all the illegal businesses in residential zones pop up on google maps. Really makes code enforcement's job a heck of a lot easier, doesn't it?
 

Wannaplan?

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Thought-provoking article about the new Google Maps in Slate:

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/05/google_maps_personalization_will_hurt_public_space_and_engagement.html

I've been approved to use the new Google Maps. It's somewhat different, has a new look to the basemap info (not a radical departure), and the navigation controls have been moved, will take some time to make myself get used to that. The link icon is gone, so having a way to share or embed a map is not possible. Probably because it's a beta, will be interesting if classic features will eventually make it on over to the new version.
 

Planit

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Go to Google Earth and paste Caribbean, Montserrat into the search box.

The volcano erupted a few years back and has continued to erupt. The (former) capital city of Plymouth has been covered with ash, but the buildings and street network as visible. Pretty cool stuff.
 

kjel

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^^ One of my coworkers sent it to me lol.

Apparently the Christian Science Church is upset that the church looks rather phallic. It released a statement that a giant fig leaf will be coming soon. LINK
 

mgk920

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From one region I'm fascinated with, the former East Prussia, here's one example of a remnant of the Nazi Autobahn in what is now Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia, with an abandoned carriageway and bridge.

The Berlin-Konigsburg (now Kaliningrad) 'Berlinka' autobahn is one of the more fascinating unfinished transport projects anywhere. Yes, construction was started in the mid to late 1930s by the Nazis and proceeded until WWII rudely interrupted things. After The Wall fell in 1989/1990, the reunified Germany began to steadily upgrade the completed part from Berlin to the Polish border near Szczecin (previously Stettin) and more recently, Poland rebuilt and upgraded the part from Elblag to the Russian border (the isolated Kaliningrad Oblast). The above image is on the part from the Polish border the rest of the way to Kaliningrad. A fairly elaborate Schengen outer border crossing facility is being developed for this road, which was previously closed at this border.

Also, there is an incomplete section of the Belinka that runs as a 'super two' expressway (two lane expressway on a four lanes ROW) for a moderate distance eastward from Szczecin before the road starts to steadily peter out into nothing about halfway to Gdansk (previously Danzig).

Mike
 

Dan

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Also, there is an incomplete section of the Belinka that runs as a 'super two' expressway (two lane expressway on a four lanes ROW) for a moderate distance eastward from Szczecin before the road starts to steadily peter out into nothing about halfway to Gdansk (previously Danzig).
Route 142? It looks pretty good for a road that has probably had zero maintenance in 70 years.

Looks like this is where it fades into graded ROW.

It looks like between Elblg and the Poland/Russia boundary, one of the old Berlinka carriageways serves as a frontage road for the super-two portion.

It would be a shame if the Berlinka was never completed. Who knows how many died building what's there now..
 

mgk920

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Actually, that frontage road appears to be new on a new ROW, the unbuilt carriageway is on the northwest side of the existing two-lanes in that image. Note the grading. Remember that it is S.O.P. in Europe for motorways to have very narrow medians with barriers separating the two sides.

It would be a shame if the Berlinka was never completed. Who knows how many died building what's there now..
Agreed.

Mike
 

Dan

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Actually, that frontage road appears to be new on a new ROW, the unbuilt carriageway is on the northwest side of the existing two-lanes in that image. Note the grading. Remember that it is S.O.P. in Europe for motorways to have very narrow medians with barriers separating the two sides.
I think you're right.

Also, have a look at P-156 through Kaliningrad Oblast. It looks like the Russians (or Soviets, perhaps?) abandoned or removed several overpasses and converted them to at-grade intersections. A few examples:

http://goo.gl/maps/VSefe
http://goo.gl/maps/JFeVY
http://goo.gl/maps/gED2g
http://goo.gl/maps/qXaKf
http://goo.gl/maps/zTFBU

There's still a lot of intact Nazi-era Berlinka in Russia.

http://goo.gl/maps/bRD5i

And more along 142 in Poland.

http://goo.gl/maps/8FtFu
http://goo.gl/maps/2Vehj
http://goo.gl/maps/DXNvW - cobblestone shoulders!
http://goo.gl/maps/GpKW7 - bridge to nowhere
http://goo.gl/maps/JGl7A - another bridge to nowhere

The bridges to nowhere - provisions for planned arterial roads that were never built?

I'm such a geek.
 

hilldweller

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Not a fan at all of the new google maps. It was perfect before, why did they have to mess with it?
 

Tide

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Not a fan at all of the new google maps. It was perfect before, why did they have to mess with it?
Things I miss. Right click searching (what's here/from here/to here). Speed (the new maps are much slower to load)

Things I like, 360s and tilt shift - but that could have been integrated into the old interface.
 

kjel

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Things I miss. Right click searching (what's here/from here/to here). Speed (the new maps are much slower to load)

Things I like, 360s and tilt shift - but that could have been integrated into the old interface.
And it crashes my browser.
 

hilldweller

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Things I miss. Right click searching (what's here/from here/to here). Speed (the new maps are much slower to load)

Things I like, 360s and tilt shift - but that could have been integrated into the old interface.
Is it me, or does it seem like street view got worse? Dropping the little yellow guy on the street is now less predictable as far as where the map will be oriented.
 

ursus

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Is it me, or does it seem like street view got worse? Dropping the little yellow guy on the street is now less predictable as far as where the map will be oriented.
I agree. I find the whole thing less navigable than before, especially street view. Boo.
 

DetroitPlanner

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Is it me, or does it seem like street view got worse? Dropping the little yellow guy on the street is now less predictable as far as where the map will be oriented.
I agree nd the tilt and shift seems to be a lot more clumbsy... For example it seems to not allow me to pick up and stop to zoom in. Maybe I just need to get used to it?
 

kjel

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The one upside to the update is that in the My Google Maps function it's really easy to make a quick map out of an excel spreadsheet and lay down a polygon to define an area. I believe you can create up to 3 or 4 layers with the freebie version.
 

ursus

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The one upside to the update is that in the My Google Maps function it's really easy to make a quick map out of an excel spreadsheet and lay down a polygon to define an area. I believe you can create up to 3 or 4 layers with the freebie version.
Confession: I have not used and do not know what is the My Google Maps function but it sounds like I should. Guidance?
 

hilldweller

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I don't make personalized maps either- is that a google circles thing?

Another complaint: I don't like how they rendered the new traffic layer.
 

kjel

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No it's not a Google Circles thing. I use it for lots of things. Assigning field visits, mapping properties, etc. It's only gotten better for this kinda stuff. Working at a non-profit there's no way they will spring for GIS so you have to use what you've got at your disposal. Before you used to have to input addresses one by one, now you can upload a spreadsheet and as long as there is a column that relates to an address it will map.
 

mendelman

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No it's not a Google Circles thing. I use it for lots of things. Assigning field visits, mapping properties, etc. It's only gotten better for this kinda stuff. Working at a non-profit there's no way they will spring for GIS so you have to use what you've got at your disposal. Before you used to have to input addresses one by one, now you can upload a spreadsheet and as long as there is a column that relates to an address it will map.
Excellent.

The Internets...how wonderful and wondrous...Thank you, Mr. Gore. :D
 

WSU MUP Student

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I want to go to Nahwa which is an exclave of the UAE located entirely within the Omani exclave of Madha which is located entirely within the UAE.
 

Planit

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Search:

Top Gear Test Track, then go to Streetview, you can chase The Stig in an AMG Mercedes around the track
 
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