One of the projects I’ve had in mind for a while now was to list or map the downtown lunch carts, because for some reason no one seems to have done so yet (at least, I can’t find anything on Google). So this weekend I learned how to work with the Google Maps API in order to create a map of Portland lunch carts. After entering 41 carts into an xml file, I can see why maybe no one bothered with this before. There are way more of these than I realized, and I’m sure my list is incomplete. Plus trying to get the dots in the right spots involved a lot of tweaking.
The page isn’t really finished yet, but with the main parts in place, I thought I’d show it off. I haven’t had a chance to test it on Windows or with IE yet, so if anyone notices funny display issues, would you send me a screenshot?
My plan is to add a feature to let you map only a single type of food at a time, which will both reduce clutter on the blocks that have 15 carts and make it easier to tell at a glance which ones have Thai food. So that’s why there’s an oddly empty section to the right of the map.