Travel Back in Time with Google Street View

Clear your schedule: a new feature on Google Street View allows users to click through images from the past.
April 24, 2014, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Here’s good news for those of us who like to peruse Google Street View and imagine ourselves in Weaverville, California or the bottom of the Grand Canyon every now and then: “starting today, Google is rolling out a new Street View feature that lets you travel back in time virtually anywhere,” reports Ashley Feinberg. So not only can we now explore cities and towns all over the world at the click of a mouse button, we can also explore the recent history of cities and towns all over the world at the click of a mouse button.

Many Google Street View users have already begun compiling gifs of buildings and street art transforming around the world.

The feature is so far available in limited locations (Weaverville, California, for instance, but not the Grand Canyon). Adds Feinberg: “while the new 'digital time capsule' feature isn't available across the board quite yet, checking out the evolution of places like the 2014 World cup Stadium and Japan both pre- and post-devastating tsunami should keep you plenty busy for now.”

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Published on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Gizmodo
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