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June 7, 2019, 9am PDT
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?
My San Antonio
Blog post
February 16, 2016, 9am PST
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.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Blog post
January 4, 2015, 1pm PST
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.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
July 10, 2013, 6am PDT
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.
Fast Company Co.Exist
January 13, 2013, 5am PST
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.
May 28, 2012, 5am PDT
<em>The Atlantic</em> offers a brain teaser tailor made for the readers of Planetizen.
The Atlantic
May 5, 2012, 11am PDT
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, <em>Dutch Landscapes</em>.
March 9, 2011, 9am PST
With high development occurring in India, new mapping technologies can greatly help smart growth in the burgeoning country.
The Wall Street Journal
August 5, 2010, 9am PDT
A town in New York has been using satellite imagery from Google Earth to identify illegally-built pools.
Associated Press
June 2, 2010, 5am PDT
This article from <em>The Daily Mail</em> takes a historical look at ten maps that changed the world.
The Daily Mail
October 1, 2009, 5am PDT
Climate change is now being visualized in 3D maps on Google Earth.
The Sydney Morning Herald
September 28, 2009, 7am PDT
Researchers from Georgia Tech are blending real-time video with imagery from Google Earth to create dynamic visualizations of urban places. [Video]
Popular Science
June 1, 2009, 11am PDT
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.
February 8, 2009, 7am PST
In the new version of Google Earth, you can compare aerial imagery from the past with current development on the site.
February 3, 2009, 6am PST
New updates to the online visualization program Google Earth add oceans to the image-based virtual version of the planet.
The New York Times
February 2, 2009, 10am PST
Environmental activists and other organizations are using Google Earth to document environmental damage and to promote their various causes.
Conscious Choice
October 27, 2008, 11am PDT
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.
Boing Boing
Blog post
October 30, 2007, 8pm PDT

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.

Mike Lydon