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10.2.05

Google Maps

Everyone's all excited about Google Maps, and it is pretty nifty. But I have a couple nits to pick:

1. It doesn't show as much non-road data as some other services. Note, for example, that Mapquest shows both Aquashicola Creek and Mill Creek in Palmerton, whereas Google Maps shows neither. (Both services omit Park Creek.)

2. It has a weird algorithm for deciding which municipality names to show. Zooming in on eastern Pennsylvania, you see the label for Lower Towamensing Township before you see the label for Palmerton, despite the latter being home to half again as many people. On the other hand, the township is eight times as large area-wise. So perhaps Google Maps was designed by a Republican.

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