Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New world-class downtown architecture

When you weave together satellite image sweeps at different angles into a single map, you take a take a risk of getting something a little out of kilter like this in downtown Houston. Escher would be proud. I call it "The Leaning Houston Center". Maybe we can get a steady stream of tourists just like Pisa in Italy?

In discovering this, I also noticed Google has updated their satellite imagery a year or two. The light rail line is under construction, and the Toyota Center, Hilton Hotel, and GRB expansion construction are underway. I miss the Cirque du Soleil tents in the GRB parking lot in the old images though. And here's one more piece of historical imagery that will probably be gone the next time they update their images. You've certainly noticed its disappearence if you've driven the South Loop lately.

3 Comments:

At 8:38 AM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Christof Spieler said...

I'm hoping Microsoft gets around to posting Bird's Eye Views of Houston soon (The link is Vegas; I found a Cirque du Soleil sign for you).

 
At 5:56 PM, March 23, 2006, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Hear, hear! (or is it "Here, Here!"?) Google maps are cool, but Microsoft's bird's eye views are cooler. I too hope they have them for Houston soon.

 
At 6:34 PM, March 23, 2006, Blogger Justus said...

I may be wrong, but I believe that the birds eyes (like the ones for galveston) are often originally contracted by city governments...

 

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