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July 8, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Trip Through Cities’ Facades

While Google Maps Street View service that provides 360 photographs of streets across the globe is well know, Microsoft Bing Maps has a corresponding service, Streetside, which is equally as useful and fun.

Streetside doesn’t provide 360 views like Google’s service, instead, it gives a full wide photograph of each side of the street. Although the service currently has a coverage area smaller than Street View’s (Albany is not on Streetside), it is a great way to see the fronts and signage of stores and businesses for way-finding.  By focusing on just the sides of streets and buildings, Streetview gives the user the unique opportunity to travel slide down a street looking at just facades in a way not really possible otherwise (in real life, or Street View).

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