Googler Jade has just confirmed that some changes of some sort are on the way. Here is their statement:
We’ve seen some questions about the small update to local search user interface on Google (removal of “More results near…” link) –
Thanks for your feedback about the small update to the local search user interface on Google. This is one of several updates we’re working on to improve the local search experience, with the goal of more seamless exploration of places and more integration of local data. Stay tuned for more updates soon.
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