Google Thinks Chicago’s Homeless Live in Kennels

I’m known for being far from politically correct. ┬áBut perhaps Google should pay attention to its latest little goof.

On Google maps of the West Loop, Big G is using a kennel icon to indicate the new Pacific Garden Mission (1458 South Canal Street).

Life on the streets is hard enough. ┬áThese people are unfortunate; they’re not animals.

Google has a mechanism that is supposed to alert its people so corrections can be made to its maps, but based on my past experience, it is worthless.

Of the ten changes I have suggested in the last two years, nine have been ignored and the tenth got a rather terse reply.

Google Maps are already being eclipsed in quality by Bing Maps. Between the errors, the map spam, and Google’s attitude I think it’s time I see what other map apps are available for my phone.

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Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003. He has degrees in journalism and communication, and spent 20 years as a professional broadcaster as a reporter, anchor, producer, and news director. He can be reached at

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