akadimias vs solonos vs google maps

May 22, 2009

Ok, I've heard about map producers incorporating mistakes in their data to identify copies, but this goes too far:

[googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=37.981238,23.735168&spn=0.006461,0.007027&msid=115435869406637961092.00046a7b5659a8aff4795&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

What? Can't spot the mistake? And you call yourself an athenian? :-)

Anyway, according to Google Maps (or more accurately according to Tele Atlas) in the center of Athens there are two streets, side by side, called "Akadimias". Of course anyone having spent a few weeks in Athens must know Akadimias street.

Actually the north-eastern street that, according to Google, is named "Akadimias" is called "Solonos" and is also very important to know if you live in Athens. Searching for Solonos athens brings up plenty of places on that street that correctly report their address as Solonos str. But you can't find the street itself. Here's how it should be:

[caption id="attachment_141" align="alignleft" width="512" caption="Google Map correction of akadimias street"]Google Map correction of akadimias street[/caption]