Street View to the Rescue

“The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.” — Susan Sontag, New York Review of Books, 1974

Today I roamed the streets of Paris. And Tijuana. And Manila. And Ulaanbaatar. All before lunch.

No, I wasn’t breaking physical-distancing rules or travel restrictions. I was at home, sitting at my desk, on my laptop. I was exploring these cities using Google Street View. Users of Google Maps will be familiar with this feature: It provides users with a 360-degree street-level view of city streets, back alleys and dirt roads around many parts of the globe.

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