3D Motown

The team at Google has released a 3D model of Detroit.

Being able to cruise through Detroit in 3D reminds us of how much history this great US city has. We're excited that users around the world will now be able to discover this city virtually, for themselves.

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Motor City goes 3D

This video is proof positive that Google's view of the world is .... highly selective.

This video of some buildings on a river (happens to be one square mile of downtown Detroit, next to Canada) is simply not representative of Detroit, in any shape or form.

First, this seagull's view of the "City" tell the viewer nothing about the place: not good, nor bad, not even indifferent. The term 'eye-candy' is not inappropriate.

Secondly, and much more troubling, is that this view of the Motor City is absolutely contextless. So what? This matters because this city of e850,000 people is in economic, social and physical free-fall. It should matter to Google, and those who make this clip, that their representation of the is city is so far off the mark to be misleading. The other 138 square miles of this once great city -- an increasingly empty city--is what really needs to be seen.

However, the worm's eye-view doesn't look so good.

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