Hyperlocal doesn’t need maps

This afternoon I was talking with some friends at BeLocal about their soon to be launched local communities site. 

The discussion was about when you are discovering what is happening in your (hyper) local area do you need a map to locate events, news, community activity etc? I felt that the nature of hyperlocal is that you know your local geography and you don’t need a map to understand where things are relative to your home or workplace, others disagreed.
Some market research, what do you think?