Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Google Maps photographs city, gets all up in your mamanem's business and sticks it all over the Internet for everyone to see

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By now you've probably spent half your workday goofing off your coffee break exploring the latest creepy-cool feature of Google Maps: the New Orleans street view. Lieutenant Gov. Mitch Landrieu cut the virtual ribbon this morning:

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Googleplex and I expressed my interest in seeing Street View come to Louisiana, so I'm excited to see the launch of Street View imagery for Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. This remarkable tool allows us to share with the world life as we see it, here on the ground in my home state.

In this time of recovery and rebuilding, it is important that we share real images of life in Louisiana and on the Gulf Coast. As you explore the streets of New Orleans, you will discover a city marked by extremes. You will see some areas spared the worst of Katrina’s fury which have quickly recovered, and you will find other neighborhoods that remain flattened by the floodwaters that broke the levees. You will see that our residents call both FEMA trailers and antebellum mansions home.

Here's what some people have found so far:

- Varg at The Chicory conducts his own personal tour of the town...

- Richard at New Orleans Metblogs says "Based on the view of my house, I’m guessing they’ve been working on this for a while–at least since last year. But whatevs: we’ve arrived.* (* Insofar as a vaguely creepy invasion of privacy counts as “arrived”.)"

- And Jeffrey at Library Chronicles features some festive "virtual disaster tourism"!

Have you found anything funny/good on the maps yet? Some drunk tourist passed out on a stoop in the Lower Quarter? Slipper ladies in curlers and housedresses trudging home from the supermarket?

Angelina Jolie? Drew Brees? Jackie Clarkson? If so, leave the location in the comments...

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