Google Takes It to The Streets ( sorta )

Internet Shut Ins & Blog Trollers Unite, now you can cruise the streets of San Francisco virtually…

Earlier today Google unveiled a new free mapping feature that allows users to zoom in at street level and see the terrain of the city, and zoom in and read signs, stare at passerbys, people walking dogs, talking on cellphones, double parking etc. No puny 3 inch pix either, users can even opt to have the photos take up the whole screen…

It’s like being there, without being there… perfect for the person who has no intention of ever leaving their cubicle or home…

The photos appear to be taken recently during this spring, and the covered streets include most of San Francisco, including Golden Gate Park, Great Highway, The Mission as far as Caesar Chavez. Other city’s getting the street view treatment so far include New York, Las Vegas, Denver and Miami and some portions of Oakland, and for some reason, a lone block along El Camino Real in Millbrae.

In a surefire snub of Ed Jew, SF’s most tormented supervisor, almost his entire district is left off the map. So no looking at his family’s unpermitted pot club on Ocean Ave, or his most favored bubble tea shop. Also left out of the local Google mapping is pretty much all of the Bayview area, although anyone desiring a closer look can wait a couple hours for one of those “speedy” T-Lines to get them out there… or just buy a DVD of this fave local flick.

4 Comments so far

  1. joann Landers (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    Thanks. I hope we get more in San Jose soon.

  2. greg (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    just thought I’d be nitpicky and annoying by pointing out that Ed Jew’s unlicensed pot club on Ocean is not, in fact, in Jew’s own district 4, but rather District 11.

  3. Lil Mike (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    It didn’t take long for Frank Chu to make his first appearance in Google’s Street View Mapping …

  4. Pen (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    Here’s the 19th Ave and Noriega Street intersection where an elderly woman was killed by a speeder last Sunday. Zoom in on the stoplights. Note no countdown timers or even walk/don’t walk signals.

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