Wander Through Cyber-Lansdowne

Google Earth now has street views of Lansdowne in addition to their usual aerial views.  Sometime, I’m guessing in the past year, they sent a camera mounted on top of a car up and down every street taking about a half dozen photos on each block.  At each photo, you can rotate the view 360 degrees and up and down, and you are almost certain to see your old house.  Each photo shows the next several photo positions, so you can start at your old house and retrace your walk to school by simply double-clicking on successive positions further along.  Amazing!  Almost every area in the country has been covered, probably including your house now, but, curiously, not mine.  Neighborhoods all around me have been covered, but mine was missed.  I try not to be paranoid about it.

If you are unfamiliar with Google Earth, here is how it works.  You need to first download the free software that you can find by googling “Google Earth.”  Once you have installed and opened it, enter an address in the search block and it will zoom right to an aerial view of the spot.  You can zoom in even further, close enough to show details of houses and yards.  Be sure you have the “Street View” option selected on the layers and you will see little camera icons along the street to indicate the photo positions.  Click on one and you will zoom into the icon which turns into a bubble of the photo with you inside.  Use the controls to look around.

Remember what 69th Street looked like?  You can see it now in cyber space by starting at the Terminal Building and moving up the hill.  I use it to browse around Philadelphia to pick interesting spots before I physically go exploring.

The photos I’ve seen in Lansdowne and elsewhere were taken in the summer.  This summer, I will be sitting in front of my house, hoping I can wave when the camera car goes by.



About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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