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Visualizing Worst-Case Scenario Sea Level Rise on the Texas Coast

Much of the state political leadership in Texas has been slow to accept the existence of climate change, much less the role of the state's economy, land use, and infrastructure planning in exacerbating the crisis. Maybe this will help wake them up?

June 7, 2019 - My San Antonio

Pickerington, Ohio

Retail Parking: A View from Google Earth

Google Earth can be a useful tool for understanding how parking is being used in your community and to identify where over- or under-utilization occurs.

February 16, 2016 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

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Using Google Earth to Understand Parking Utilization

As planners we use maps on a daily basis. This article shares how to find the date and time that a Google Earth image was taken, which can be helpful in undertaking site analysis and understanding parking utilization.

January 4, 2015 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Watch North America's Cities Grow Up

A Canadian real estate startup has created striking animated 3-D visualizations of the evolution of the skylines in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.

July 10, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Mapping Chicago's Growing Cornucopia of Urban Gardens

In Chicago, like in many cities, local food production comes in many forms, from small backyard crops to community gardens. Researchers are now using Google Earth to paint a more accurate picture of food production at different scales.

January 13, 2013 - NPR

How Well do You Know the World?

The Atlantic offers a brain teaser tailor made for the readers of Planetizen.

May 28, 2012 - The Atlantic

Dutch Censorship is Drawn with Geometric Aesthetics

Samuel Medina describes how the Dutch use stylistic aesthetics to disguise sections of their satellite images to ward off national threats, as portrayed in Mishka Henner's new book, Dutch Landscapes.

May 5, 2012 - Architizer

Mapping Cities in India

With high development occurring in India, new mapping technologies can greatly help smart growth in the burgeoning country.

March 9, 2011 - The Wall Street Journal

Google Earth Reveals Un-Permitted Pools

A town in New York has been using satellite imagery from Google Earth to identify illegally-built pools.

August 5, 2010 - Associated Press

The 10 Most Important Maps in the World

This article from The Daily Mail takes a historical look at ten maps that changed the world.

June 2, 2010 - The Daily Mail

Mapping Climate Change

Climate change is now being visualized in 3D maps on Google Earth.

October 1, 2009 - The Sydney Morning Herald

Google Earth Gets Animated

Researchers from Georgia Tech are blending real-time video with imagery from Google Earth to create dynamic visualizations of urban places. [Video]

September 28, 2009 - Popular Science

Watch the Land Change Through Google Earth Images

These videos show images of locations that have seen significant change over the past few years as seen through Google Earth images, from Dubai's manmade archipelago to Utah's disappearing Lake Powell.

June 1, 2009 - Wired

Google Earth Takes You Back In Time

In the new version of Google Earth, you can compare aerial imagery from the past with current development on the site.

February 8, 2009 - DigitalUrban

Google Earth Goes into the Deep Blue

New updates to the online visualization program Google Earth add oceans to the image-based virtual version of the planet.

February 3, 2009 - The New York Times

Google Earth First!

Environmental activists and other organizations are using Google Earth to document environmental damage and to promote their various causes.

February 2, 2009 - Conscious Choice

'The Earth in Your Pocket'

That's how developers at Google describe the release of Google Earth for the iPhone. Boing Boing's Joel Johnson wonders why it wasn't released for Android first.

October 27, 2008 - Boing Boing

Top Ten Reasons...

Over the past three months, my girlfriend and I have made three trips to the suburbs of Miami. Twice to the Whole Foods we desperately lack on Miami Beach (Yes, Wild Oats is okay, but for us food snobs it just does not compare) and once to the brand new, soul-killing, 283,000 square foot IKEA to partially outfit our 450 square foot South Beach studio apartment.

October 30, 2007 - Mike Lydon

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