Sac’s up on Google Street View

Via David Watts Barton’s awesome Sacto/music blog Blogging the Grid, and as blogged previously by RT Rider, it turns out Sacramento was added to Google Street View last week. Neato Speedo! Check it out here. Or follow the jump to see the most blighted block of the grid…

Here it is, either the 1000 block of Jay Street, or the setting for the final 45 minutes of “Children of Men”…

Author: CoolDMZ

"X-ray vision to see in between / Where's my kimono and my time machine?"

3 thoughts on “Sac’s up on Google Street View”

  1. Honestly, this really bothers me, and has ever since it was announced last year. Can anyone really tell me a worthwhile use for this other than confirming that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy on even our quiet neighborhood streets?

    And I’m no tech-adverse guy either, I just hate the thought of being caught on camera for the world to see without me ever knowing it. It’s a little too Orwellian for my tastes.


  2. Well, Google does allow you to opt out of a photo if you’re caught in one. But I think it would be difficult to ban the photography that Google does without infringing on the rights of street photographers.

    I’ve used the street view feature when planning trips to other cities, so I can get an idea of where I’ll be going. Other times, it’s just nice to explore. It’s hard to imagine it being a massive invasion of privacy if it’s not using facial-recognition associating your name with your picture/location, so that it would be possible for someone to find out where you were on that given date.


  3. The street view thing makes my job a little easier. Aerials are great for looking at real estate, but it’s nice to be able to see what’s going on from the street.

    You can’t make out very much detail beyond 10 feet or so though. I find it odd that they have street views of the freeway. I guess that would be good to know how many lanes are on the off ramps.


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