Google Local vs. Yahoo! Local
I agree with all of Martin's criticisms. Google Local isn't ready for prime time yet.
My favorite implementation of local "search" is Yahoo! Local.
Here is a Yahoo! Local map of our office location with a graphic showing of all the nearby ATMs. This is a really great service.
The one thing that's missing from Yahoo! Local that Google Local does deliver is a simple search interface.
We'll have to see if Yahoo! can get their front end right before Google gets their back end right.