Minneapolis gained big-city legitimacy today by joining the list of cities with Google Maps relatively new StreetView functionality. Map viewer now had the option to view their location of interest from a street map, aerial photos, or from a street level view based on photos taken by cars driving our fair streets.
Early reviews say that this technology is amazing. What surprised me most was the extensiveness of the mapping. I though they would cover business districts and major streets to start but they’ve shot close to everything in the first round.
The most somber highlight found so far comes from Aaron Landry, who discovered that you can drive across the I-35W bridge using photos taken only days before the bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River.
On a comedic side, an entourage was caught leaving a strip club during daylight hours by the Google cam: