LA Times: Maps Outpaced by Suburban Growth

From today’s edition of the LA Times, a story about how maps can’t keep up with the pace of suburban growth in fast-growing areas like California, Nevada and Arizona. Some of those areas add thousands of new streets a year. That’s right, thousands. You can imagine that traditional paper-based maps have a hard enough time keeping up, but at that pace even the services that provide mapping data to MapQuest, Google Maps et al. (TeleAtlas, NAVTEQ), which update four times a year, can’t keep up either.