REVISITING your PAST with Google STREET VIEW

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    May 27, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    Have you ever used Google's Street View to "walk" along the places you grew up? Here's a picture of the now run-down apartment I lived in after my parents divorced in 1972. Back then it was light green and the paint wasn't falling off. Now it looks like a dump. Small rural towns going to the wayside. Sigh.

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  • CincyBOJ

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    May 27, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    Google street view is my way of affording to travel. Love it.
  • KissTheSky

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    May 27, 2010 7:09 AM GMT
    Looking up your childhood homes on Google can be fascinating but also really disappointing. I looked up my grandparents' old house in another state, which used to look like a Currier & Ives picture, and now it looks like a crackhouse. For me I figured out that it's better to keep some things in your memory, where the paint never peels and the grass is always mowed. icon_smile.gif
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    May 27, 2010 10:54 AM GMT
    The place I grew up is so small it doesn't even have street view on google. icon_lol.gif
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    May 27, 2010 11:13 AM GMT
    Nothing beats actually being there in person to see it. Nothing.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 27, 2010 11:18 AM GMT
    I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing this Vic...
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    May 27, 2010 11:42 AM GMT
    My first post-law school apartment. Microscopic, but on Boston's Beacon Hill (but the poor studentish side) where nothing ever changes. And it hasn't.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=11+S+Russell+St,+Boston,+Suffolk,+Massachusetts+02114&sll=40.75831,-73.985195&sspn=0.036538,0.04549&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FeBfhgIdDJ7D-w&split=0&hq=&hnear=11+S+Russell+St,+Boston,+Suffolk,+Massachusetts+02114&ll=42.360781,-71.066012&spn=0.000215,0.001243&t=h&z=20&layer=c&cbll=42.360783,-71.066012&panoid=AXyBhctC19NN-lsQi1KhRA&cbp=11,285.35,,0,-3.67
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    May 27, 2010 12:16 PM GMT
    CincyBOJ saidGoogle street view is my way of affording to travel. Love it.



    LOL
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    May 27, 2010 2:42 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidNothing beats actually being there in person to see it. Nothing.


    Yeah, I went back to the town on my 20th HS reunion and took pictures of all of the places I grew up. As I stood across the street from one apartment, this woman looked at me through the screen door. I told here that I lived there 28 years ago. It's freaky going back to old haunts, especially if you left your home town and state.
  • rnch

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    May 27, 2010 2:55 PM GMT
    google needs to update some of their pics.

    the googleview of my street hasn't changed in over 4 years!

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    May 27, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    i'd like to know how (and when) they got all of those pictures. i guess it's a satellite photo, but how to be able to look at the ground and so high in the sky is just plain creepy...cool, but creepy.

    i just got a droid that has navigation on it. it takes you to your destination via the map view, and when you get there it shows you a picture of your destination.

    i LOVE technology.
  • Thegenuineart...

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    May 27, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    I love google streetview, I do it probably 100000x times a day lol, its so much easier to go look at apartments and such now
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    May 27, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    LondonCanuck saidI love google streetview, I do it probably 100000x times a day lol, its so much easier to go look at apartments and such now
    THIS is why i want google to update their pics!

    my street has improved since 2006, the last time google "viewed" my street.

    i've had a couple of would be renters of my double across the street tell me they initially turned down renting it because the googleview of my street looked so trashy. icon_cry.gif
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    May 27, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    rangard saidi'd like to know how (and when) they got all of those pictures. i guess it's a satellite photo, but how to be able to look at the ground and so high in the sky is just plain creepy...cool, but creepy.

    i just got a droid that has navigation on it. it takes you to your destination via the map view, and when you get there it shows you a picture of your destination.

    i LOVE technology.


    To get the street view maps they drive a vehicle along the streets with a 360 degree camera mounted on top. Not all streets are covered, mostly just the main ones.
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    May 27, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    wrestlervic said

    To get the street view maps they drive a vehicle along the streets with a 360 degree camera mounted on top. Not all streets are covered, mostly just the main ones.


    well, they did it in my little town in nebraska on a not-so-busy side street. amazing stuff.
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    May 27, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    There's much more fun to be had with street view!

    http://mashable.com/2007/05/31/top-15-google-street-view-sightings/

    http://www.urlesque.com/2009/02/05/top-10-moments-caught-on-google-maps-street-view/

    The second one is much better.

    Watching a gun fight on street view far outweighs my crappy old house.
  • JayDT

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    May 27, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    I looked up my childhood home once on google earth. They don't have google street view in that country. It was wierd to see from above. The tree that my mother planted in the front garden was still there, but the rest of the garden looked as though it had been ripped up.
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    May 27, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    Looking at my childhood house to date made me both sad and pissed. Looks like shit now.
    And there is a bald guy standing in the driveway. Such a shiny head! icon_lol.gif
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    May 27, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    Actually I have. And discovered my childhood home, built in the 1920s, has been completely replaced by a new house. And trees that I planted there 40 years ago, that I carefully pruned so that they grew into picture-perfect spreading beauty, great maples and majestic oaks, are all gone.

    Sic transit gloria mundi.

    Oh, well, I suppose no loss, since I never became rich & famous, so there's no need to enshrine my boyhood home. Still, knowing it was still there during my lifetime might have given me some kind of comfort. Now it's a reminder of how fleeting & impermanent we really are. icon_sad.gif
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    May 27, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    wow! very cool
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    May 27, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    I've moved around too much to do that icon_sad.gif
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    May 27, 2010 8:55 PM GMT
    I once used Google street view to retrace the roads I took to walk to school. Used my cursor keys to turn left and right. It was just like being there. It's amazing stuff. Cool especially if you now live thousands of miles away.
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    May 27, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
    While researching a house I was thinking about buying a few years back, I did the street view to see the neighborhood...it saved me the drive.
    Anyway, in one street scene there was a woman bending over to pick up her child which had obviously fallen down while getting into/out of a van...and there for the entire world to see was her big ass in a pair of too-tight slacks....Lord!icon_rolleyes.gif


    Later, when I told my friend about it and tried to show....the street was there, but Voila! SHE was gone!icon_biggrin.gif


    Apparently....photoshopped out of the picture or they went back and shot another frame. I can't imagine them editing out the van as well....but maybe. icon_cool.gif
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    May 27, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    Love Google maps and street view. I use it all the time especially when traveling to unfamiliar areas, or looking for unfamiliar businesses. I also use it when scoping out places to park my RV in unfamiliar towns, as it doesn't just fit any old place.

    I'm a map nerd and Google rocks!

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    May 27, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    I was doing this just the other day (looking up places I once lived). If you right-click on the picture, googlemaps lets you choose "3D-mode", but you need 3D glasses.