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Urban Observatory Maps Comparisons Between Cities

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Monday, July 21, 2014 11:53 EDT

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Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
8/1/2014 12:49:44 PM
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Re: For good or bad
I think ad agencies, real estate companies, financial services companies and other kinds of investors must be digging through this data with glee and $ signs in their eyes. The prospect of some data-rich overlays on these otherwise known physical grids may really change how and where money gets invested in the mapped cities.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
7/31/2014 10:14:51 AM
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Google earth
I think since google earth people have a much wider understanding of how places relate to others. 'Oh I didnt realise x was so close to y, maybe we can put in a cycle path etc.' The more detail we have the better for planners. I was not aware of this particular app, but will be taking a look now.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
7/29/2014 2:47:03 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: For good or bad
That's right! Everything from finding green space you did not know was hear your house to comparing housing values in different neighbhorhoods to helping you find new, less trafficked ways to work to increasing visualization aids for people who learn better by pictures or whose eyesight is not what it once was (she said, holding the phone at arm's length. Sigh).

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
7/29/2014 4:03:54 AM
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Re: For good or bad
by bringing the technology to a larger audience, more will be uncovered. 

Totally agree with you, Amy. Part of the wonder of this type of information (presented so beautifully here) is that it gives people a whole new perspective on their city -- a bird's eye view that's both fascinating and informative. And that could spin out in all sorts of interesting ways. 

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
7/28/2014 2:09:57 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: For good or bad
@kq4ym, you hit on something key here: other than Google's street view technology, which everyone loves to use to peek at their house or that of their parents/crush/favorite celebrity, there's been little use of this kind of tech outside law enforcement, disaster relief or city planning. Its applications are infinite and by bringing the technology to a larger audience, more will be uncovered. 

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
7/28/2014 10:05:14 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: For good or bad
This Technology reminds me of Star Trek the Next Generation in the Astrometrics lab, being able to display the entire galaxy in one room. Same concept but with the City around you. Why not use it as a virtural tour, place these in big and samll cities and you can take a tour of any city in the world, provided that city has been captured into the computer system.

Great tool for learning the history of a place and see the culture, not just for urban planning and disaster response or war planning. maybe it can go real time as well, as long as there are cameras installed in those cities you can possibly use it to view the area or traffic as well.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
7/22/2014 5:43:00 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: For good or bad
ESRI of all firms should have a cool understanding in the development of the urban map idea. They've been involved in digital mapping from the beginning and it's nice to see they're getting out more to the public to show the capabilities of the urban data bases.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/21/2014 6:17:37 PM
User Rank City Slicker
For good or bad
Wow! I can think of that used during war time giving someone the advantage. During a disaster it could save many lives and improve sustainability techniques. Wow!

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