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WmLambert
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I notice that MapQuest, one of my favorite tools for driving directions no longer offers aerial images. It used to allow you to type in an address and give you a map of your destination that was expandable to a larger size, and had a tab for the aerial image of the mapped area. Both the larger size and aerial image are gone.

Did anyone come across an announcement or report of this?

[ January 21, 2004, 03:35 PM: Message edited by: WmLambert ]

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that's depressing. i had a good 5 minutes of fun one day locating my office and house on an aerial image.
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Hm. I've never got an aerial image from MapQuest. Maybe I live in the wrong area. [Smile]
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I've noticed some recent changes in the various map-providing companies. MapBlast got sucked up by Microsoft.

I suspect that the costs of storing and providing those images just weren't worth it to MapQuest. Kinda sucks if you used them a lot, but you know what they say... you get what you pay for. [Smile]

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There's still Yahoo maps and driving directions.
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I honestly do not think that Yahoo is as good as Mapquest. There have been several occasions (before I knew Mapquest existed) where yahoo took me into the middle of a neighborhood and just stopped, and others where the directions were just totally wrong.
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How do you get aerial images from Yahoo! Maps? I couldn't see it there.
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Leto
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Ugh, I've hated MapQuest for years. They never give the best route for getting around here (SJersey/Philly/Delaware area). MS MapPoint has been a staple for me. Better than MapQuest, I can better save the maps for later, and it's far more accurate for some reason.
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You can still see USGS aerial photos at Terraserver. The USGS photos are about 10 years old, though, so they won't be too useful for planning road trips. You used to be able to zoom in pretty close (somewhere I have a nice shot of the house we owned in Nebraska), but that feature was disabled on the last photo I looked at...probably reserved for registered users, unless they make you pay for them now. Terraserver also sells recent satellite imagery, but it's pretty pricey.

Safe travels,
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WmLambert
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MapQuest aerial images were pretty recent. You could see the cars in the driveways and people walking around and try to figure out when the pictures were taken. TomD is right that some places were not covered. If you got too close to Selfridge Air National Guard Air Base, for instance, you couldn't zoom in on any black helicopters - just a blank spot. The only cost to it was bandwidth - because it was a done deal. I theorize that the aerial-image map-selling web sites may have entered into a contractual arrangement to get rid of competition.
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It's also possible that someone argued that they were a security risk...?
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Or backyards with naked sunbathers were getting too much attention? [Eek!]
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