Neat Toy

Found this site today that does a side by side comparison of Microsoft Virtual Earth and Google Maps. Why would anyone care about this? Well, because the Microsoft site is using local satellite imagery from approx. February 2007, and the Google site is using stuff from December 2005 or thereabouts. So if you look at them side by side, you can see the progress New Orleans made in one year. I have to say it’s pretty impressive. Blue roofs turn to new roofs, empty highways and parking lots have cars again, destruction is cleared away, etc. If anyone wants solid visual evidence of progress in this city, this is it.

4 Comments so far

  1. oyster (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    Cool view! Thanks.

  2. jack Ware (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    Well, I’ve somehow made the shanty look worse from 3000 feet up than it did when I bought it.

    Damn It!

  3. Craig (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

    This IS highly cool. I can see my house from here!

    I think you’re right on the Feb 2007 thing, just from what I can gather from the pics.

  4. Brooks (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    It’s definitely Feb on the Microsoft thing. It’s not hard to tell, just go to the corner of St Chuck and Napoleon. It will become pretty evident to anyone that knows anything about beads and floats. It’s Carnival time, baby!

    I can also tell by my backyard, as it backs up to Stern Tennis. There is some cleanup evident on the sattelite court that is not in the other photo (man, I wish they would finish up and get with the program. They are running a semi private club out of a public venue and it is gettting kind of old. I miss that place. Very convenient and it used to be really top notch.)

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