I don't want all features that come with the Google street layer. I just want basic infrastructure like roads, national parks, cities, streets with their names, etc. Everything that is public is OK. I don't want private companies and shops to appear on the map.

I am using OpenLayers to display the Google Maps street layer. So maybe it's possible to choose what to display by using the Google Maps API instead of OpenLayers..

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Yes, it's possible. See this thread from 2010.

Thread discusses how to do it in Google Maps natively and then how to do it via OpenLayers.

  • You're welcome! Is there a way to download google maps data or some of it as vector data (shp or anything I can turn into postgis tables)? (Apart from using Google Earth Pro)
    – YossBen
    May 11, 2012 at 7:43
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    No, you can't download google data. If you're looking for raw data, look into OpenStreetMap. You will find many posts about it on this board as well.
    – Vadim
    May 11, 2012 at 16:53

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