Justin O'Beirne

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CARTOGRAPHY COMPARISON
GOOGLE MAPS & APPLE MAPS

INTERLUDE

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At z11, our map is almost the same as before — except for a small change at the bottom. Do you see it?

San Bruno Mountain State Park has been removed and two cities have been added in its place (Colma and Brisbane):

San Bruno Mountain State Park is still there in real life—it has just disappeared from Google’s map (along with several other parks). 🤔

In any event, the label changes we see at z11 mark the start of a trend—and as we continue across our remaining eight zooms (z12 through z19), we see a number of other label changes:

As the images above show, all the zooms from z11 onward seem to have some sort of label change (unlike the first half of our zooms, which had no changes at all):

So with all of the label changes, how different is the map now? And what’s changed?

 

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