I love Google Maps, but Mapquest is much more updated

August 10, 2009 at 11:48 am 3 comments

I love most things Google makes.  I love Google Maps and Google Earth.  But when I look around my own home area, a place that is growing quickly* (footnote below), I get disappointed when I don’t see buildings and roads that have existed for years.

Here is an example.  The image of Red Rock, AZ, between Phoenix and Tucson.  There are fire stations, a new elementary school, water parks, and houses here now, and they have been here for years.  Then I noticed that Mapquest has the updated data.  Booo…

Perhaps I will have to start using Mapquest?

You should be able to click on the pictures to see a larger image.

google redrockaz 081009

Google map of Red Rock, AZ. Houses have been here for at least 3-5 years.

mapquest redrockaz 081009

Mapquest view of the same site. Clearly much more updated, as in 3-5 years more updated!

* (Pinal county was one of the fastest growing counties in the entire nation, the only two counties that grew more were two parishes in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina)

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  • 1. MapQuest  |  August 10, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Always a pleasure to hear positive feedback…
    Looking forward to any additional comments you have.

    Safe & Happy Travels,

    -Your Friends at MapQuest

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  • 2. Frank Taylor  |  August 13, 2009 at 6:44 am

    If you turn on the “Historical Imagery” mode in Google Earth 5, there is actually a newer photo available for your area dated June 21, 2007. I know its not intuitive, but sometimes the imagery Google includes in the base imagery is older than what they have available in the entire archive in “Historical Imagery”. There are also several other dates available for your area.

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  • 3. mathgeneration  |  August 13, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Thanks Frank for the info. Don’t get me wrong, Google Earth is still my favorite app.

    But on the websites (when you don’t have access to your GEarth), it appears that Mapquest has some newer data, at least in some areas.

    Actually, the zoom levels show different dates too. If you look at Red Rock, AZ (between Tucson and Phoenix) on Mapquest they also don’t show the most recent developments in the more zoomed out levels, but then when you zoom in there is a clear jump in time.

    But maps.google doesn’t have the newer images at any resolution.

    I love maps. Whichever works better at the moment I will use, such as the website data. But there’s nothing that compares with GEarth… I can’t believe it is free!

    So I give props to both Google and Mapquest!

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