After a long wait, Google’s Street View feature in Google Maps is finally available in DC. As of last Tuesday (election day!), area residents are now able to view DC at eye-level. Just like they would see things at eye-level, whether you’re a pedestrian, on bikes, or in vehicles.
What does Google Street View mean? If you’ve ever looked for an address that doesn’t match your directions, or if you feel lost in a city because the address doesn’t match the crowded mess on a block, this tool will help you visualize that business or residence in a more natural way. And with 360 degree views, and a panorama every 25 feet, plus the ability to zoom in, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding turn by turn directions. Combine this with Google’s Transit finder or Walking directions, and the urban nomad finally has the means to find their way around DC.
Better yet, street view has been released for many cellphones: Blackberry, Google phone, and iPhone (coming soon) users will be able to find whatever they’re looking for in the newest version of Google’s map apps. Download the latest version, and find that storefront from your own perspective (instead of merely top down).