The idea came up spontaneously during a conversation after last semester's hackathon. Although the finished product did not have all of the functionality we wanted it to have, we spent quite a bit of time learning about the features and limitations of the Google Maps API, and then learning how to parse data from OpenStreetMap. Building a parser for such a large data set was no easy task. In addition this project brought in a level of real-time interactivity that we often don't get to explore in web apps.

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