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BRAUN: Google corrects their image of Scarberia
Liz Braun
Published:
November 20, 2019
Updated:
November 20, 2019 6:30 PM EST
A description of Scarborough, Ont., on Google depicts an unflattering picture of a smashed house. That picture has since been deleted. (Twitter)
There’s a bit of a kerfuffle in Toronto this week after Google seemed to be taking a shot at Scarborough.
A picture running with the search engine’s summary of Scarborough shows a decrepit, tumble-down house.
A quick google search for Scarborough (Toronto) and this is what you get. Note the picture 🤣 pic.twitter.com/cAItHmOEeM
— robwbu (@rcp982) November 20, 2019
After social media questioned the weird image — and Mayor John Tory tweeted about it — it seems Google corrected their mistake.
Early Wednesday, Mayor Tory tweeted:
“Scarborough is a beautiful part of our great city. Hoping @Google and @googlecanada will shake up its algorithm or whatever needs to be done so a better photo (like this one of the Scarborough Bluffs) comes up when people Google Scarborough.”
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Scarborough is a beautiful part of our great city. Hoping @Google and @googlecanada will shake up its algorithm or whatever needs to be done so a better photo (like this one of the Scarborough Bluffs) comes up when people Google Scarborough. pic.twitter.com/CXEcdeLStL
— John Tory (@JohnTory) November 20, 2019
The mayor’s words did not fall on deaf ears. At some point during the day, the offending photo vanished and anyone searching up Scarborough saw only a map of the city — with photos of verdant Guild Park, the Bluffs and other nice parts of the area eventually popping up.
Certainly, Google’s description of Scarborough was positive:
“Scarborough is a large, multicultural area that contains the Scarborough Bluffs, huge cliffs overlooking Lake Ontario, lined with parks, beaches and hiking trails. Inland, the sprawling Toronto Zoo features global animal pavilions, close-up encounters, and a wildlife health centre. The area is also known for its diverse spread of restaurants, including regional Southeast Asian, Chinese and Indian cuisine.”
The Google gaffe has prompted plenty of comment about the “hood,” both positive and negative.
“You can’t spell Scarborough without ‘Ugh’” wrote one wag on Reddit while others praised the area. Narcity noted that Scarborough is newsworthy as it’s got the second-fastest rising rents in all of Canada. (Hamilton’s rent rise is first.)
Any way you slice it, Scarborough is deserving of more than a photo of a bashed-in house.
Scarborough has its share of leafy green subdivisions full of happy families and so forth, and yes — there are also dodgy bits with grim housing and criminal activity but sadly, that can be said about almost every part of our fair city. And every other big city, too.
Anyway, perception is everything. If you wanted to, you could describe Leaside as whiter than the Queen’s bottom (and just as boring) or point out that Kensington Market is full of annoying hipsters.
Those observations won’t make you popular, but if that’s your point of view — go for it.
Meanwhile, Mayor Tory has thanked Google for getting their act together quickly and ditching the broken house picture of Scarborough.
Thanks to @GoogleCanada for taking quick action to resolve the Scarborough photo issue. Scarborough is a wonderful part of Toronto. Check out Scarborough on @GoogleMaps here:https://t.co/MX9rc9A8m3
— John Tory (@JohnTory) November 20, 2019
“Thanks to @GoogleCanada for taking quick action to resolve the Scarborough photo issue. Scarborough is a wonderful part of Toronto. Check out Scarborough on @GoogleMaps.”

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