Friday, April 11, 2008

Google Maps Offer Street View of Spokane

Last summer, my husband was working out on our front porch doing some priming and painting, when he noticed a vehicle driving slowly down the street. He mentioned it to me later, saying that there was a camera mounted to the roof of the vehicle and it appeared to be taking pictures of all the homes on the block.

"Perhaps it's the county assessor's office," I replied, knowing that all property is photographed and available for view on our county's website.

Monday, I read through our local paper's news feed that Spokane had been added to Google Maps' Street View, even before (gasp!) Seattle or Portland have. And I have been having fun ever since! In fact, at work I've been having my students find their homes, friends' homes, and schools during their technology class this week. I've been able to show my own children the places I lived during my college years without using any gasoline. Yesterday, my husband and I had fun "driving" around Vancouver, Washington while he showed me his old haunts.

I'm looking forward to when Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Michigan are offered in Street View so I can check out my ancestral locations. Until then, I'll play with Google Earth, Windows Live Local, and with Google Maps in the cities that do offer Street View.
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