I cannot seem to be able to move certain texts on illustrator when coloring a map with street names, I have to select a big area around the text to find an invisible box in order to move the font. Does anyone know how to fix this?
I usually put the text on separate layers in illustrator, that way I can lock either the map objects or text as I need to. As for your problem, I have it sometimes too, but can't say what causes it. For me, it's usually copied and pasted objects from other files or InDesign, but not always.
If it irritates me too much, I move the text onto it's own layer, DUPLICATE that layer, Hide the TEXT layer, then outline all the text on the visible version. That way I can edit the text later if necessary, but I don't have to worry about selecting the text in a weird way.
It's not really an answer, but a work-around.