Google Maps’ “Street View” feature, introduced earlier in the year, allows street level views of most any address in a supported city. To do this, Google has a fleet of vehicles with roof-mounted camera arrays which survey entire cities. The end result and user interface are both amazing, and somewhat disconcerting, given various privacy concerns which have arisen.
Today, Google launched switched-on the service in Portland. To take a stroll around, start with this Google Maps Street View of Portland City Hall or enter your own address. (Click on the little human figure icon to open the street view.)
(If you zoom the map out, the streets outlined in blue are the ones with photographed addresses.)
Google must have photographed the area fairly recently: There are no photos on 5th Ave or two segments of Morrison and Yamhill, indicating street closures due to construction, and the photo of our house (of course I looked that one up first!) includes an illegally-parked car which has been out in front for approximately 8 weeks. The only other thing I can pinpoint about the date is that it was taken on an overcast morning when the windows were open, so the previous day must have been fairly warm. (Yes, the car has been reported.)