I am considering going into a long-term venture involving my sole attention and financial backing, but it completely revolves around local search. Google seems to be slowly converting their local search results to focus totally on AdWords and Google Places / Maps ads. In the coming years, will the "Places" ads of specific local businesses completely take over? If they make the standard search results disappear from the front page, like it seems they are slowly doing, they will ensure that they maintain complete control of these results. This would make any type of middle-man/directory site useless on a local level, which is what my project is. Bing is already starting to dedicate their local results to Yellowpages, so this concerns me. Thoughts?