Tuesday, April 8, 2008

yahoo now mapping neighborhoods

so check this out. yahoo maps has a new feature on the site. google maps has neighborhood labels on their city maps, but it looks like yahoo has decided to try to go them one better.

they're shading the neighborhoods in on their maps.

problem is, their choice of what makes a neighborhood and what doesn't leaves a heck of a lot to be desired. here are a couple of examples from the screen capture you can see to the right:

- lots of neighborhoods are missing. this map has no shaw, no eckington, no bloomingdale, no ledroit park.

- the neighborhoods they do label have grown to eat up a lot of these missing neighborhoods. edgewood has swallowed eckington, bloomingdale, stronghold, and truxton circle. off the map here, ivy city has swallowed trinidad, and you can see that logan circle has eaten up shaw. ledroit park is now part of "cardozo", which not a lot of people use for the u street area, but i think it's not a bad choice.

it's a good start, yahoo, but you need to refine this before it's really useful.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not surprisingly (and probably music to the ears of some real estate agents), Burleith has been swallowed into Georgetown. Glover Park, on the other hand, has been swallowed into Catherdral Heights. A legitimate neighborhood name, but I doubt anyone would suggest it goes below Calvert.

I think Windows Live Local does a better job with DC neighborhood names. Plus it has the awesome "Bird's Eye" view. I think people avoid it too much, perhaps out of some animosity towards Microsoft, but it's a good site.

Anonymous said...

wow, i now live in "union station." really? union station is a neighborhood??

monkeyrotica said...

Still no love for Swampoodle. No justice, no peace!

Ryan said...

those of us in bloomingdale are used to it...

Scenic Artisan said...

i love that union station has two separate neighborhoods.

the bee in dc said...

i enjoy the whole Mass Ave condo development area as "downtown"

LaLa said...

wow. petworth ate my neghborhood, too (16th street heights). great idea in theory, but the practice needs to be perfected.

i'm a realtor, and wanting to learn all of the DC neighborhoods, one say sat down and puzzled together 20 google maps, and used a crayola 64 color box to shade in the boundaries (according to wikipedia). too much effort? probably. but how often do you play with crayons and puzzles anymore. totally worth it.

Scenic Artisan said...

the bee in dc said...

i enjoy the whole Mass Ave condo development area as "downtown"
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ha! "mass ave condo development area"
i like that.