Last summer, we talked here about catching the Google Street View team canvassing Durham to collect imagery for their sometimes-helpful, sometimes-creepy new mapping feature. Street View allows you to zoom in beyond the typical overhead satellite view to actually see the fronts of houses, businesses, and so forth in an area.
Well, the feature went live for Durham in the last few days, as a blog reader helpfully noted. When you search now for a Durham location (or anywhere in the Triangle) on Google, you have a helpful "Street View" button that lets you see exactly what the front side of a building looks like... well, as of summer 2007, it appears.
Helpful? Sure. Kind of creepy? You bet. The Triangle joins Orlando and Miami as the first southeastern cities so featured by the Googleplex. (Frustratingly, Durham is lumped in under "Raleigh, NC" -- something I'd imagine the Durham CVB may bring up with them.)
Here's a look at the North Deck of the ATC, a worker immortalized for all time on a break:
Ah, the downtown streetscape work. Such fond memories. Glad to have those back. (Oh, wait.)
Bonus feature: Drive the wrong way down one-way streets! (The Google cars have cameras capturing video on all sides for that special 360-degree perspective.)
Hey, motorcycles parked outside of Charlie's on Ninth Street. Now you don't see that everyday.
Best kept Northgate Mall secret: Walk your dog in the palatial access road between the mall and I-85! Caution: Police substation located a few hundred feet away means, bring yer pooper-scooper.
No crowds at the jail means just one thing: Though these images were taken in summer 2007, clearly they weren't taken on Mike Nifong Incarceration Day.
What I can't figure out here is, where the heck were all the shoppers at Southpoint when they took this? Was the mall being used for a Dawn of the Dead remake? In which case, where the heck are the zombies?
There's got to be other interesting photos folks will find of Derm via our friends at Google. If you do, list 'em in the comments and I'll try to collect them here for the blog.