Nothing changed on the local serps in my town...
Almost ANY term that includes a city, or includes any type of local intent, invokes the 7 pack. The ONLY time I see a 3-pack of local, is when I'm logged into "The Services", where it shows personalized results.
It would be nice if this was a choice to see more local results, versus being forced upon everyone.
Oh... try finding a website design company, or an SEO, or Internet Marketing, or just about any other term that would show your own local business... Nope, Google not too friendly to the developer community. No 7-pack there!
Maybe its just me, but the tide of the Webmaster community seems to be flowing against Google lately. I realize there is always a negative viewpoint to everything Google does, but pushback against Google domainance seems to be getting more and more frequent, and by WebmasterWorld members who have been around for longer periods of time.