Traveling With Google Maps Street View Is Fun

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Google Maps Street View allows you to cover much more ground than you ever could if you had to physically go to every place you look at. Google Maps is a fantastic tool because it has a 3D model of the entire Earth with all the buildings in it. You can zoom in until you reach the street level or you can zoom out and see entire continents at a time.

I've been roaming the cities and streets of Canada, mainly in the provinces of Alberta, Sasquatchewan and Manitoba yesterday and today. I've also been to towns and cities in Finland and in Sweden. I've also done a couple of smaller detours in the northern parts of the US.

In the US and Canada, suburbs tend two sprawl very far and wide. The cities have been planned in a very car-centric manner whereas in the two Nordic countries, there are a lots of bike paths. In North America, the grid design is very obvious when seen from above, particularly when it comes to the cities in the prairies where the terrain is completely flat.

Here's how it looks like in the northeastern district of Ahtiala of Lahti where we used to live in a couple of years ago. Just follow the road to the north.

In this country, it's perfectly normal to allow kids in first grade to walk to school. In second grade, they were allowed to ride a bicycle to school. I think this is standard practice in continental northern Europe, including all the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Germany and Russia as well. In fact, the school administration of my daughter's school sent a message to the parents once asking them not to drive to the school to pick up their kids because of the danger involved in having dozens of cars in the parking lot at once. This is the local middle school in the northeastern region. The stretch of the major street extending one kilometer to the south and to the north from the school has nine pedestrian underpasses. That sort of thing more than usual in Finland as well considering how sparsely built the whole area is.

It seems to me that the booming cities with lots of newbuilds in Canada tend to be in the coastal metropolis of Vancouver - or the largest urban area, Toronto. House prices have been falling in Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg. You can see that from visiting these cities virtually, which makes sense. Less demand for new housing -> less gets built.

I read somewhere that the average house price in Toronto Metropolitan Area is over $800,000 (I'm assuming that's in CAD, which is about 0.69 EUR or 0.76 USD). My relatives in Vancouver tell me that the average price of a home is very high also where they live. A second cousin of mine told me that Montreal where she lived for a few years was much cheaper to live in than Vancouver.

It seems to be a global trend that the largest and the best connected cities boom and that the hinterlands decline.

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I use google and other similar street views when I want to see if a place is worth going to. People often embellish descriptions or frame their photos to look better than the reality. Google doesn't gloss over anything and shows how it is.

This is important in Asia where the description of anytown with a ditch is 'the venice of asia' or something.

Great post, i like street view, i had a look at your links it looks like a nice area. My friend makes money with street view. He does "virtual tours" inside hotels and sells them to potential brides and grooms.

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Interesting. So he goes into the the hotels, shoots videos of them, which he sells to potential brides and grooms? How does that tie in with Street View?

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How does that tie in with streetview? Because the app he uses to do it with is streetview.

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How can he go into hotels with it?

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This is the basic jist of it. But i know hes added his own twists to it and is making some nice cash.
https://360trustedphotographers.com/become-a-google-trusted-photographer/

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Ah, now I understand what this is about. Thanks a lot for mentioning that!

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No worries buddy, have a good one!

I love street view, I especially love “driving” around places that I will likes never make it to, but are curious about, like very eastern Russia.

I’ve spend days just wandering around towns trying to imagine what it would be like to live there.