Vanmaps: Vancouver Never Looked Like This Before
On a tip from a fellow Vancouverite and map-junkie, I took a gander at Vanmaps [link], a municipal map site run by the City of Vancouver, and freely available for use by the general public.
Think of it like Google Maps on steroids.
“Sure, I’ve seen satellite photo maps before — that’s like soooooo 2004,” you may be saying, but what if you actually want to trade out the 2006 satellite photo for a 2004 photo? No problem. Or even all the way back to 1994 to see what’s changed in 13 years? No problem there, either.
What about a topo map? Not impressed? Okay, what about the choice of 1, 2, and 10 metre resolutions?
Still not impressed? Add fire hydrants. Property boundaries. Shoreline changes over time. Traffic lights. Recorded graffiti incidents (that one is really fun for downtown — Granville Street practically glows in the dark). Even infrared satellite photography.
What are you still doing around here?!? Go play!