Google Thinks Chicago’s Homeless Live in Kennels

I’m known for being far from politically correct.  But 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.  These 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.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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