About Us (something of a story)
I went to work as a delivery driver for a pizza franchise in 2015. Almost immediately, I had difficulty finding apartments in certain complexes. The architects and builders never considered that delivery people might not be able to use the numbers they placed in difficult-to-see locations. Plus, GPS is no help on private property.
At one of the first ones, it was nighttime, and I wasted five minutes wandering around unmarked streets. I finally called the store, and my supervisor drove to my location and helped me complete my delivery. I swore I'd never do that again if I could help it. If I only had a map! And that was how the idea for Apartment Maps was born.
The first goal was a booklet of maps for apartments my store delivered to. With experience in graphic design, I mapped our 20-25 locations and printed booklets within a few weeks, and my fellow drivers loved them. But, what about other stores? Also, could I put the information on the web? And, now that I was thinking bigger, should I consider making a business of it?
Over the next few years, in spare time, I created this web site and mapped nearly 140 apartment complexes in the region of Arkansas where I live. But, if I ever had any chance at making a business of this, I had to be able to map apartments in other towns, cities, and states, and I certainly couldn't do it alone. So, the site had to tailor its information to each driver's location, and I had to figure out a way to pay others to create our maps. As of mid-June 2020, clicking the Search button with no search text will net you 186 records. You would have to scroll through all the zip codes. At the moment, that's 11 zip codes.
I published my first version of aptmaps.us in 2016, and I've updated it little by little, since then. In early 2020, I began serious design and coding to allow the site to eventually reach a national audience. If you're interested in the chronology, you'll find it under the Change Log link on the home page.
The primary purpose of aptmaps.us is to serve up a single map for a single apartment complex, right when a delivery driver needs it. Soon, I hope to make it interact with the driver's current GPS coordinates, thus making it possible to pull up the map for the location you're already in. That would remove any need at all to search. But until then, drivers will need to have a little knowledge of the apartments and neighborhoods they deliver to.
Searching is drop-dead simple. There is only one thing you'll get. Either a single location or a list of locations you can choose from. You enter one or two items you know are associated with an apartment complex, and you get a list of locations to choose from. As drivers get better at searching, their search results will shorten considerably. Here's some Help on Searching.
Once you're viewing the map for an apartment complex, you can click on it to launch Google Maps to get directions to where it is.
My name is John Allred. I'd love to hear your Questions or Feedback.