Google Maps Adds Points of Interest, Needs Some Tweaking

Google Maps has added a feature I’ve been wanting for a long time: points of interest. When you’re searching a particular area, you’ll see restaurants, hotels, historical sites, etc. marked on the map. The more you zoom in, the more you see.

Check out this map of Charleston, South Carolina, a very historical city.

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At a distance, the (in)famous Market Hall and Sheds is not marked, but when you zoom in, it is.

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The new feature isn’t perfect, however. If you look at the area near 10th ST NW and F St NW in Washington, DC, Ford’s Theatre is noticeably missing. Additionally, the “House Where Lincoln Died” and “Petersen House” are shown on opposite sides of the street, despite the fact that Petersen House IS the house where Lincoln died.

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I’m sure this will all get better with time. For now, take the points of interest with a grain of salt.

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