Finally someone is putting Google to good use by marrying it with all kinds of interesting databases that actually help the public stay informed on things that they normally couldn’t.
For example, a guy in Chicago has been mining the Police Department website to locate all crimes and then plotting them to Google Maps. This way, if you want to find a safer train station, you can. If you want to avoid certain districts, that’s possible too.
I knew it was a seedy area when I was going to college in Sarasota, Florida, but I never knew it was this bad. Here’s the local sex offenders by my alma mater!