What I am noticing is that Google is force feeding localization searches down the users throat. So, now if I search for a simple term like "gas pumps" (as an example only), I might get a listing of many local gas stations nearest my location, then below that, the organic results for say "gas pump" equipment, which is what I was really looking for. Guess that mind reading thing's not working too well.
Local search should be listed under it's own tab. This is just like the "tweets" phase, where twitter tweets were being force feeded over the organic results.
Google has litle regard for those who have built their businesses off organic results, even though, most of those people support Google through additional Adwords funds. It's their playground, I guess they can and will do whatever they like.
I'm seeing dramatic drops in sales due to the localization pushing my former top organic listing below the fold or onto page 2. The above example may not be applicable, but one of my top single word key phrases is. The longer the phrase though, the more accurate the search, which does make sense. Time to adapt again.