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Old 07-19-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I love to relax and look at my atlas. Find new places on the maps and study them. Does anyone else like to do this?
When I'm going to someplace for the first time, I really study the maps to find out about surrounding areas so I can check out those places, too. But other than that, I generally don't look at a map unless it goes with driving directions.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:23 AM
 
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i like google earth. i like looking at cities like winnipeg and calgary, because of some mistakes in the past that i have made google earth may be the closest i ever get to exploring cities in canada.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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I love looking at random maps for no good reason. People at work laugh at me because I'll be sitting here at lunch searching the world on google maps.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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Google street view is my new past time, I simply love it!
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I think this is what everyone on CD has in common.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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Every single day. Not just because I love it, but it's also my job as well. Historical maps are my favorite, particularly historical road maps. I own over 300 road maps spanning eras starting with the WPA, through the evolution of the Eisenhower interstate project, and up to the present day. Google Street View is my estimation, one of the truly revolutionary inventions of our time.

I just attended my annual user's conference last week. For those of you with an Iphone, there was a new application released just two weeks ago, free, that enables you to access your own maps. Here is the link that gives the information:

ArcGIS For iOS Now Available On The App Store! | geo.geek.nz (http://geo.geek.nz/esri/arcgis-for-ios-now-available-on-the-app-store/ - broken link)

You can access and consume web application services from other's work. If I had an Iphone, I would download this without hesitation.

http://www.citysourced.com/download

You can also create your own maps, with limitations, on the ESRI web portal. There are now also options such as time-sensitive maps, that show real time evolution of point dependent data, as they happen. Here is one such application:

Earthquake Population Stats

Then, there was something else that was announced that involved smart phones on the web, and presenters rolled it out, here is the web link:

CITYSOURCED.COM - Report graffiti, potholes, trash and other civic blight with your smartphone to your public officials.

It involves citizen reporting, crowd sourcing, etc. The new generation of application developers is quickly transforming the way maps are viewed and consumed.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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I started drawing street maps when I was about five. I would buy map books from the local Goodwill when I was a kid, and these days, I spend lots of free time looking at Google Maps. The geography classes I took in high school were the only classes besides PE I remember in which I got straight 100s.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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Yes, it's just interesting to see communities and how they look in relation to each other and the varience within locations from neighborhoods to continents and the world.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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I use Google all the time too. Streetview whenever possible to visit places. It's interesting for some reason. Sometimes I find places that I want to visit. Sometimes I find places that I don't want to visit.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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You're on a City-Data forum.. I'm sure a lot of us look at maps for fun.
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