Taking control of Google Maps
September 8th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

Patrick Cain, who correctly describes himself as “a journalist who makes maps for the Web,” has posted a couple neat sets of tips to his blog. Basically, they suggest ways to tweak some of Google's code to improve presentation. Check out his blog tips at


Simplifying map display

I’ve never been a fan of the way Google Maps handles local labels (neighbourhoods, for example) – they are often redundant, inconsistent and wrong, as well as cluttering the map visually.

These examples didn’t take long to collect:

Leslieville is so nice they labeled it twice:

Same with the Bridle Path, more or less:

Google has solved the unresolvable Beach vs. Beaches debate by using both labels:

Forest Hill South is not an ambition of well-off Annexites, but is actually north of Forest Hill:

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