Google is closing down its city pages -- in a bid to shift from Google Places to Google+ Local.
Mike Blumenthal noticed that "the Portland city page had gone missing. The page used to be accessible at www.google.com/portland/ (which redirected to www.google.com/city/portland/), but that URL now produces a 404 error. The same thing happens with some other city page URLs, like google.com/sandiego and google.com/madison."
Google issued the following statement when asked about the old city pages being shut down:
Earlier this year we announced Google+ Local - a local search experience that makes it easier to discover and share your favorite places - like a great restaurant or museum. With Google+ Local, information for hundreds of cities around the world including Portland, Austin, San Diego and Madison is streamlined in one place.
Here's what the Portland city page looked like:
In another statement, a Google spokesperson said, "Community Managers are still working with local businesses in a variety of cities around the world," but there are signs that not all cities are still active in this aspect of Google's local efforts, to Blumenthal (via).
For example, "the Google+ Local team in Portland is still very active on Twitter and on its new Google+ Local Page, but the original San Diego community manager is now a former Google Places Community Manager."