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Re: Google Maps

Postby Nick » February 9th, 2015, 6:55 pm

HELLO: I am going crazy. I need a CSV file that I can plug into Google Maps with the 2010 or 2013 Census Tract data. I can find one for the whole state, but not the seven county metro. Does any smart person know where a lowly moron like myself can file such a magical file? I looked on datafinder.org and they have the tract maps in KMZ files but they don't actually include anything other than the shape, I was really hoping to have population in the file as well.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby Elliot Altbaum » February 9th, 2015, 7:17 pm

Nick wrote:HELLO: I am going crazy. I need a CSV file that I can plug into Google Maps with the 2010 or 2013 Census Tract data. I can find one for the whole state, but not the seven county metro. Does any smart person know where a lowly moron like myself can file such a magical file? I looked on datafinder.org and they have the tract maps in KMZ files but they don't actually include anything other than the shape, I was really hoping to have population in the file as well.

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I can probably do that. I emailed you with questions.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby lordmoke » March 31st, 2015, 1:35 pm

Pac Man, guys. You can play Pac Man on Google Maps today.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby twincitizen » March 31st, 2015, 1:41 pm

Highly recommend playing anywhere besides Minneapolis' uber-boring (i.e. perfect) street grid. At least play downtown or somewhere with a skewed/irregular grid.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby lordmoke » March 31st, 2015, 2:05 pm

Powderhorn Park is fun.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby nBode » April 4th, 2015, 6:21 pm

I just discovered there is street view of Solheim in Uptown. You can even go upstairs to somebody's apartment... Kinda weird. But cool.

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.947578, ... oQ!2e0!3e2

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Re: Google Maps

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Re: Google Maps

Postby grant1simons2 » April 14th, 2015, 9:56 pm

Almost every major city in America and some minors have that 3d view... but Minneapolis. That really pisses me off for some weird reason.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby nBode » April 14th, 2015, 11:40 pm

I hate the new maps.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby RailBaronYarr » April 15th, 2015, 7:18 am

I'd rather have the 45 degree view than the rendered 3d stuff. The new maps is so. slow. Especially when it's trying to render the LIDAR (or whatever) trees and cars and whatever other useless crap it picked up in satellite images.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby mister.shoes » April 15th, 2015, 11:59 am

Hear hear. I hate the new Maps. 45° view 4 eva.
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Re: Google Maps

Postby grant1simons2 » May 5th, 2015, 12:03 pm

Finally got 3d vision for Minneapolis and St Paul

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Re: Google Maps

Postby MNdible » May 5th, 2015, 12:21 pm

I was skeptical of the value of this, based on what I've seen rolled out in other areas, but I have to admit it's pretty bad-ass. Just looking at downtown Minneapolis, it seems like they've done a much better job in mapping things out than I've seen previously. It looks good, and also it's not tripped up by bridges over topography like I've seen previously.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby twincitizen » May 5th, 2015, 1:30 pm

Maybe this has always been there, but the "measure distance" feature is hidden under right-click. They are slowly re-adding some, but not all, of the things I found useful in classic maps.

Still not available:
* Draw/drag a polygon to zoom on an area
* 45 degree toggle (though less useful if they have no intention of flying new angled imagery)

The thing I miss the most was the ability to search for numerous "shapes" (i.e. cities, neighborhoods, etc.) and have them display on the map simultaneously. In the "classic" upper-right corner toolbox thingie, you could check/uncheck those multiple features you wanted to display. It was like a mini-GIS tool in a way. It was extremely useful...to me anyways. Now you can only display one "shape" at a time...and geographic boundaries only display in "map" mode, not satellite imagery mode.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby woofner » May 6th, 2015, 8:55 am

I've been looking for apartments in a remote city for the last couple weeks, and I had to switch to bing because google's 3d view doesn't come close to the detail of the classic oblique aerial. It's fine for traditional american downtowns and mountain ranges, but pretty much every other place type is distorted and fake looking. Boo, especially on all the gorgeous European cities they had great oblique aerial images for.
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Re: Google Maps

Postby mulad » May 6th, 2015, 10:24 am

Just in case anyone is unaware, you can simulate a 45-degree view by clicking the "Tilt the view" button just below the compass in the lower-right corner of the Earth view. There's also a shallower view available by clicking the button a second time. The third click goes back to the 90-degree view. The arrows on either side of the compass let you rotate and see things from the south/north/east/west, though you can't use arbitrary angles like in the standalone Google Earth app.

I'm surprised that the skyways in both downtowns look pretty good. Most of them seem to be modeled as actual bridges rather than two-story buildings rising from the ground.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby twincitizen » May 6th, 2015, 10:52 am

I had to zoom in really, really far to get the simulated oblique view on Desktop.
You can rotate the north axis around, but only in 90 degree chunks, not total 360 control like mobile.

It appears with the new 3D rendered imagery that you can zoom in much more closely than before. I can zoom in to the point where a 150' x 150' (like 3 Minneapolis lots) area nearly fills my screen. I don't recall being able to zoom in that close before.

I'm really liking the brighter colors of the lawns, rooftops, etc. with the rendered imagery. For contrast, head down to 76th Street in Richfield - this appears to be the southern cutoff point between the new rendered stuff and the plain 2D photography. The western cutoff appears to be France-ish with some additional territory covered in SLP and GV. The cutoff to the north is 75th Ave N. On the east, they only made it over to Earl St (inside St. Paul city limits!).

For an example of a skyway that was not properly modeled as a bridge, check out Fairview Southdale.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby woofner » May 6th, 2015, 5:18 pm

Do I just have a shitty graphics card or something (because I do)? For me, there's no comparison. Even if bing doesn't zoom as far, it shows significantly more detail:

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This slightly more popular location gets more detail from google, but the image is still blurry and washed out compared with the actual photo:
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I just don't understand why it would be considered an improvement to have less detailed, uglier images.
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Re: Google Maps

Postby MNdible » May 6th, 2015, 8:57 pm

I'm not saying it's an improvement over actual satellite photos, in terms of quality or crispness. I'm saying it's better than the earlier iterations of this that I've seen. Also, I think there's a trade-off in the ability to do real time panning, with live updating perspectives, etc. It's cool.

I definitely wish we still had access to the oblique aerials.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby mulad » May 7th, 2015, 7:36 am

Hmm, I'm seeing that the 3D view has older imagery, at least over in St. Paul -- CHS field is shown as a hole in the ground, but if you have a browser where 3D is disabled or use My Maps, the field is much further along in construction. The old Lafayette Freeway Bridge is also still there in the 3D view.

Personally, I've never been a big fan of the 45-degree views -- I usually turned them off in favor of the straight-down aerials. The ability to seamlessly pan around with the 3D view is nice, even though you sacrifice some image quality. Sometimes it just takes a while for the detail to all load in, though.


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