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Old 08-14-2008, 01:08 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Has anyone ever tried to keep an up-to-date map of places/regions/neighborhoods in Charlotte? We get an awful lot of questions about "where is this neighborhood/place/part of town?" Not that it necessarily gets old answering them, but it is sometimes difficult to nail down exactly where the person wants...for example the imaginary boundary of University City.

Using the Google Maps "My Maps" feature, I've had ideas for the following maps that may be helpful to not only prospective Charlotteans, but folks that have lived here for a while and just don't know (like myself):
- neighborhoods
- regions (for lack of a better word)...for example the Steele Creek area, University City, Uptown (and the 4 wards), etc.
- popular places to eat
- roads with notoriously bad traffic
- historical/"Did You Know"/fun facts places
- Hospitals, police stations, fire stations
- CATS 2030 planned routes
- maybe even teh "good parts" and the "bad parts" of town...although, this may be very touchy and might even be somewhat illegal according to the fair housing act (so I've been told). Although, I have ideas on how to make this a very broad and general map that would be less caustic on people's feelings who might happen to be drawn into a "bad" part of town.

I know most of these maps probably already exist, but are more often than not hard to find via Google searches and buried under page after page of clicking. Even then, they're not always the plain and simple to the point map that we're looking for.

I noticed Google Maps allows the map creator to designate "Collaborators" to help manage the maps you create. This would be helpful to have a small volunteer staff (admins, if you will) who keeps the maps updated by occasionally browsing for new stuff, taking suggestions from teh readers, and updating old entries.

Has this been done already? If not, would anyone be interested in helping out with such things? I'd be willing to start it up and set up the maps...and distribute "Collaborator" invites to those wanting to help.
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Here's an example rough map I just threw together:
Click Here

Like I said, it's a rough map! Boundaries are loosely based off of my own understanding (which would be adjusted by input from readers). Maps would also be kept separated to avoid clutter and confusion. This map throws a bunch of topics into one map.
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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Default Would be very nice to have.

I too would like to see this. I wished there was such a map when I moved up here July 2007.

Now that I am moving from Huntersville to the South-West area, I need it again. It gets very confusing to hear people talk about a neighborhood on this site, and at work, and have no idea where they are talking about.

I'd be willing to help out on this, but I still don't know very much of the city.

I found a really good site for zip codes. Click for a Zip Code Boundary Map. It is a Google map overlay of ZIP codes.

Something similar for neighborhoods would be great. Anybody that knows more about the neighborhoods want to spearhead this? Like I said I really don't know more than Huntersville, South Park, and the airport area, but I'd be willing to help.
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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I thought this had belly flopped! As you may notice, my example in post #2 is dead as I deleted the map from my Google account. However, if interest is sparked, I'll most certainly start up a few maps again.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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I think it's a great idea metallisteve... hate to put a bunch of work in it only to have it slip away though...
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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I made summary of the nicer parts of South Charlotte:

Google Maps
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:10 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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I made summary of the nicer parts of South Charlotte:

Google Maps
Cool. Exactly what I was thinking.
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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Originally Posted by FrankTheTank2 View Post
I made summary of the nicer parts of South Charlotte:

Google Maps
Awesome map Frank! I wish I had had it a year ago :-)
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