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Google Maps ‘As The Crow Flies’

The distance from Boston University to Harvard Square via Google’s new mapping tool.
The distance from Boston University to Harvard Square via Google’s new mapping tool.SCREENSHOT

Google will now let you fly as the crow does.

According to The Atlantic City Lab:

Google Maps this week has updated with a fresh tool. Users can right-click on any location on a map, select ‘measure distance,’ click on another location, and see a line displaying the exact mileage between the two points.”

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This can be helpful if you are flying a plane, wanting to know the distance you have run or walked, or, sadly, how far out of your way public transportation takes you.

T route going from Boston University area to Harvard Square via the B Green Line and the Red Line toward Alewife. (Yes, there is a bus that is a faster route) It is a little over 6 miles:

“As the crow flies” view of going from Boston University area to Harvard Square. It is about a mile and a half:

The route Google maps tells you to take from Harvard Square to Logan Airport via the Red Line and the bus. It is 7.2 miles:

“As the crow flies” view of Harvard Square to Logan. It is a little over 5 miles:

Don’t you wish you were a crow?

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