Inner West Sydney Decimated by Removals Overnight
Sooo…what is going on?
The Inner West suburbs of Newtown and Stanmore in Sydney, Australia have been absolutely decimated by a loss of Wayspots overnight. From my location, I can count around 50-60 that have simply vanished. These are PoIs that have been present in Pokémon Go since the very beginning, and were also present in Ingress & Wizards Unite.
Many are huge public murals that have been funded under a Council Public Art program called ‘Perfect Match’. Council pays for them. Owners of property consent to their use, there are plaques on the building and there are trails published every year so people can walk around and see them. They are a part of inner west culture (and before anyone shrieks ‘PRP!’) - many, if not most of them, are on property that is actually industrial/business terraces or back fences, a fact which is known to the community of Wayfarers who are actually on the ground in this area.
Is this a bulk auto-removal of Wayspots programmed by Niantic, similar to what befell USA inner cities earlier in the year, creating the ‘Space Needle Incident.’? Or could this be the work or a rogue or malicious single remover trying to gain a strategic advantage in a particular game?
If anyone has answers, I’d appreciate it. My Wayfarer community has put HUNDREDS of hours into volunteer efforts to make our local game board better for everyone, and all that careful and loving work has been largely undone in one fell swoop.