Disappearing cities, incorrect borders, mistaken detour instructions. Google Maps is a great resource when it's accurate -- and a major source of confusion when it's not
Sunsetting a city
For a month last summer, Sunrise, Fla., was a victim of Google Maps' black hole. It no longer existed.
Instead, people who searched Google Maps for the city were redirected to Sarasota, Fla. -- similar in alphabetical listing, though some 200 miles apart. Also gone were Sunrise's businesses, addresses, and phone numbers from Web searches. Even its city hall and other public spaces were absent. Google later fixed the "technical error," putting Sunrise back on the map.