Kansas City Star columnist C.W. Gusewelle's discovery of Google Maps column was another phoned piece, according to commenter FS Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald summarizes Gusewelle's career in a strong critique in the comments section of "Star columnist C.W. Guswelle has mind blown by Google Maps, mails in another column":
C'mon, C-Dub. Embrace the controversy.
Gusewelle's problem is that although he often writes well, he almost never writes about anything substantive, so the reader ends up disappointed when the craftmanship is wasted on a inane topic. (Also for someone who allegedly loves Hemingway, he rarely uses simple and clear prose to state what his point is.)
The column he wrote after the election was an exception, and it attracted a lot of reaction, partly because it rattled the cage of tea party supporters, but also because it was so unexpected to have him weigh in on a significant current event. (Oh, look, he really does live in the real world!) This navel gazing and avoiding the controversies of the day have been his modus operandi for 25 years or more, and he has never fit his supposed role as a metro columnist.