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Google Maps

Posted: June 20th, 2012, 8:41 pm
by Shawn
Hi UrbanMSPers,

How do you guys feel about throwing a google map in the original posts for some of the threads? I have a map that anyone can edit:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&m ... 60a705af8b

Please let me know if this is a bad idea or too difficult, but I would love for new posts about new projects to be added to the map with a real quick description of the project (1 sentence) and then a link to the related thread. What do you guys think?

EXAMPLE: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=73&p=273#p273

HOW TO:
1. Add it to the map (click link above - sign in to any google account)
2. Zoom to a good level, then click the paperclip-like link button in the top left of the screen, next to the printer button.
3. Copy the TOP link, just the HTML
4. Put it between "googlemaps" tags on the forum.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: June 21st, 2012, 12:01 am
by Shawn

Re: Google Maps

Posted: June 22nd, 2012, 1:20 pm
by FISHMANPET
The map in your second post doesn't load for me, just a blank grey square. If I right click it's got some flash controls, but they don't do me any good.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: June 22nd, 2012, 3:23 pm
by Shawn
FISHMANPET wrote:The map in your second post doesn't load for me, just a blank grey square. If I right click it's got some flash controls, but they don't do me any good.
How about now, fixed? It should just be the link, I'm not sure what I pasted in there the other day.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: June 22nd, 2012, 6:05 pm
by FISHMANPET
Yep, that works.

E: Here's another post with a Google LInk that doesn't work, though copy/pasting the link into my browser works, wondering if it's the same problem?

Re: Google Maps

Posted: August 6th, 2012, 2:56 pm
by mulad
That's a feature sorely missing on Google Maps. Splitting lines would also be good. But that's nowhere near Shawn's responsibility.

Google Earth also has some map-editing functionality, though I've never used that. Anyone know if that can split/join segments?

Re: Google Maps

Posted: August 6th, 2012, 7:53 pm
by Le Sueur
Shawn wrote:
Le Sueur wrote:Great work. Just tried this out with a new post. Is there anyway to join multiple line segments?
I've been wondering this also. I'll look into it more but at the time being it doesn't really look like it.
Good to know. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't unnecessarily cluttering the list if there was a better way to do things. I really appreciate the work you've done here.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: March 21st, 2013, 1:10 pm
by lordmoke
Does adding new projects require approval of some kind? I just made a ton of updates to the map, and only the changes I made to existing pins are showing up now.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: March 21st, 2013, 1:22 pm
by mulad
Looks like we've reached the point of having more than one page worth of data in the map. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the left-hand column, I bet the updated bits will show up after you click either "Next" or page "2".

Some old stuff probably needs to be removed to make way for newer items. I'm also not sure how Google determines how much stuff should fit on a single page. I've been able to have about 300 placemarks on a single page in the past, but the points on the LRT lines roadways also seem to count against the total amount of data visible at any time.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: March 21st, 2013, 1:27 pm
by lordmoke
Got it, thanks!

Maybe we could move all of the road/ transit lines into a second map of their own? That map could be especially helpful once road construction season starts in the summer. Haha.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: March 28th, 2013, 10:02 pm
by mulad
I see that Google has launched something new called Maps Engine Lite which appears to have more customizability than the normal My Maps service. I suspect it might be a more flexible alternative than what's currently there, but there isn't any obvious help or other description of capability on the site, so I don't know. I'm in the middle of something right now, so maybe someone can take a peek at it.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: July 29th, 2013, 10:25 am
by lordmoke
Does anyone else look at/ update the project map any more? I felt like I was the only one for quite a while, but a number of the project markers disappeared recently.

Regardless, the map still exists and is (mostly) up to date! I feel like this is a neat tool that kind of got buried by the rest of the site.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: July 29th, 2013, 10:49 am
by twincitizen
I sporadically maintain the Uptown one.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: July 30th, 2013, 9:19 pm
by Shawn
I would really like to make the maps a bigger part of the site - we have the info and capability to be the go-to place to check what projects are going on around the metro area. If anyone has suggestions how to do this, I'm open to ideas.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: July 31st, 2013, 9:12 am
by lordmoke
The only real thing I can think of would be putting a new tab ("Map" or "Maps") up at the top of the page for the main project map, and perhaps another one or two. The page itself could have the map embedded, and a short description/ key, similar to the first post in the top stickied thread where it's now currently located.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: July 31st, 2013, 10:19 am
by Viktor Vaughn
It would be awesome to have all twin cities projects on one google map and be able to click on any project to get more info in a pop-up box. This may be a good way to make the basic factual information (height / # of floors / retail / rendering / link to the thread / etc.) easily available. This could work better than a sticky note on each thread (as had been previously suggested) so fundamental project information isn't buried in the thread.

And it would be cool, if you could click on a map icon on any page of a thread and it would take you right to that project's location on the map.

Maybe this is exactly what you were thinking concept wise, but I have no idea about the technical aspects of this.

An interactive map like that would be very useful.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: July 31st, 2013, 10:24 am
by mattaudio
Also, integrating it with a flickr pool could be awesome... maybe each project could have a tag, then we can sort by date to see photos of the progress.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: July 31st, 2013, 11:13 am
by Shawn
Ok - I like both those ideas. This will be my next project! If anyone else has suggestions please feel free to add them here.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: January 2nd, 2014, 2:08 pm
by mulad
Google has updated their (vertical) aerials for the Twin Cities area (zoomed in, you may need to disable the 45-degree stuff). The imagery appears to be from late last summer. From the transit side of things, it shows the Green Line virtually completed aside from yard work at the Lowertown maintenance base and a bit of a gap in pavement on Washington Avenue. The Union Depot is shown in a more complete state, while it also shows the expansion at Target Field station.

Plenty of new buildings now appear in Uptown, the UMN area, etc.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: January 7th, 2014, 10:55 am
by twincitizen
I'd place the new aerial imagery in September, based on the partial completion of the Penn Avenue bridge over 62, among other things.

There's also some new Street View from September 2013 in parts of Downtown St. Paul. It's pretty awesome being able to jump between summers 2009, 2011, and 2013 in that area (follow the LRT route for fun!)

EDIT: Grab Pegman (Streetview icon guy) and hover over the Longfellow area neighborhoods south of Lake Street. They drove down every single frickin alley in this part of Minneapolis! Why? Has anyone else noticed that on the regular map view Google shows the lines for alleys in Longfellow, but nowhere else? Do they mistakenly think these are streets?