From Pew / Internet: "A new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 45% of online American adults have taken virtual tours of another location online. That represents 54 million adults who have used the internet to venture somewhere else. On a typical day, more than two million people are using the internet to take a virtual tour."
The need to represent urban areas on-line is greater than ever, especially when we consider the impact a movie can have on a City (The Sixth Sense is Philadelphia's best example of a tourist 'push' after release). It will be interesting when pod-casting reaches critical mass and every neighborhood can have some level of interactive presence.
Scott Page is the founder of Interface Studio, a collaborative design office based in Philadelphia.