So I would suppose most people know that there’s a wide array of towns bearing the name Louisville out there. Wikipedia says there’s a Louisville not just in Kentucky but also in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Minnesota. There’s even a Louisville in Tasmania, Australia and in Belize (not to mention an underwater mountain chain). Seems like we have a pretty good franchise going on.
Our own beloved Louisville, however, is the only “big city” in the selection where the population range stretches from 209 souls to almost 19,000. Why, then, doesn’t Louisville show up first in a Google map search? It’s a minor complaint, I suppose, but imagine someone unfamiliar with our city unwittingly thinking our town is some rural enclave?
The problem arises when you type in a search like “Main Street Louisville.” Go ahead and try it (or follow this link). Turns out that “Main Street Louisville” is in rural Alabama, population 612. Sure, you could tack on “KY” at the end of the search, but should that really be necessary?
And it’s not foolproof. Sometimes, a similar search for First Street or Shelby Street will land you in good old Louisville, KY, but the former shows a trailer park off Preston Highway outside the Snyder and the latter takes you to a subdivision in Fern Creek.
It’s endearing to think that Louisville is a little off the national radar, but this seems a tiny bit absurd. Anyone else encountered this issue? Do you find it annoying or should it just be ignored?