Search your neighborhood on Google Maps

You can now search Google Maps by neighborhood in 50 U.S. cities. Some sample searches: “bars in adams morgan dc” “museums upper east side, ny” “pizza portero hill sf“.

I’ve long complained that ZIP codes are a terrible crutch used by programmers. Neighborhoods are a much more human way to search.

Google neighborhood search

Neighborhood definitions are fluid — even locals typically don’t agree on where one neighborhood begins and another ends. Yelp has been doing neighborhood searches for a while; I prefer their tighter borders to Google’s. Compare Google’s results for “bars in adams morgan dc” with Yelp’s results for a similar search.

Another nice touch on Yelp: the ability to narrow results based on human-friendly distances (within 4 blocks, 10 blocks, walking, biking, driving).

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About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is an analyst focused on the intersection of local, social and mobile. He is a principal analyst at reDesign mobile. Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He blogs at http://blog.agrawals.org and tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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3 Responses to Search your neighborhood on Google Maps

  1. With neighborhood boundaries available in GIS map format from the likes of Maponics (http://www.maponics.com/Neighborhood_Maps/neighborhood_maps.html), programmers shouldn’t have to rely on ZIP Codes.

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