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With the technology available today, when anyone can, at the very least, customize and display multiple icons in Google Earth, this lack of cartography is absurd. 

The Seattle PI's article, "Bans, moratoriums and zoning approvals for marijuana businesses" includes a slideshow of screenshots from Google maps. This reporting is intrinsically geographic and the information pleads for an inclusive map. 

 

Any freelancers out there that want to offer Seattle PI their services? 

 

 

I wish you godspeed (because this is unbearable),

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Ah, the lazy approach to getting a map: just use Google. I see this often in hardcopy format newspaper ads as well - usually clipped so that you can even figure out the general location of the site being advertised. How much cartographic work has been sucked out by Google? Cheap and fast but not good - you still can't have all three.



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Decreased consideration for cartographic quality is the result of google but also more forcefully, decreased revenues at newspapers who are cutting costs and corners any possible way.

 

There's still a handful of newspapers and print outlets (NYT, Washington Post, LA Times, and Pro Publica) that have cartographers or graphic designers with experience in cartography but they're the ones with the largest budgets.







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