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Downtownguy
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Post Number: 20
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 4:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ever since I first used Google Earth, I've enjoyed how it often gives an entirely different perspective from street level. Today I was noticing how many developments have taken place since the current satellite photos were taken: the new Motor City and MGM casinos, the plaza outside of the GM Wintergarden, the east riverfront, Campus Martius, etc.

I also enjoy finding quirks in the imagery. Sometimes this is due to the way the satellite images are are stitched together. See how the Guardian Building and Comerica tower "lean" differently than the buildings south of Larned and north of Congress?


griswold


Also, the satellite image of the Detroit River railroad tunnel entrance was taken at the precise moment that a train was emerging.


train tunnel


For those of you who use Google Earth, what other quirks have you discovered from the skies over the motor city?
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Thejesus
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 4:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I always thought this one of Ford Motor Company Headquarters was funny...

It was taken just as a Jet passed over on the way to Metro Airport, and it makes it look like the Jet is parked on the front lawn



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Jt1
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 4:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The jet almost makes it look like the whole thing is a kids toy.
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Mikeg
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 4:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's another jet coming into DTW as it passes over the Southfield Fwy., one block south of McNichols:

jet
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 4:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That white car in the Southbound lane is about to totally cut off that black car next to it. I think I see the guy in the black car sticking out his middle finger, or is that a gun?
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Both jets are also painted in Northwest's old colors...
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Psip
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Post Number: 1910
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That was MikeM mugging for the camera :-)
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Yaktown
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Post Number: 176
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This could be a great topic, ala Ookpik. Post a sat image and have people try to guess where it is.
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Psip
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Post Number: 1911
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just saw this at another site;

Zoom into the guy by the speed limit sign,

http://tinyurl.com/323w73

Street maps show the wildest things.
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Scs100
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Psip, what are you doing with your free time?
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Psip
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Post Number: 1912
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Free time? I have none, too busy searching google street views. :-)
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Jimaz
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Post Number: 2222
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Guardian/One Woodward bridge is in pieces:


Skyway
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Scs100
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well then. I guess I can't complain. :-)
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Psip
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Post Number: 1913
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Book Cadillac roof appears to be on Michigan Ave.
Maybe its safer working on the ground.


BC
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Fareastsider
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Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 10:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlc at12/Strange-Map-Quirks.htm
Endless cool ones here
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Jerome81
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Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 5:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you use the birds eye view on maps.live.com, look at grand circus park. when you pan e/w depending on the frame, the hotel is there, then it is gone in the next frame.

I'm sorry, been here all this time and I can't think of the hotel name. Statler?
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Mikem
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 1:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There is one more airplane photo in addition to the other two which I previously pointed out to the forum - this twin Cessna which skidded off the runway at Detroit City Airport:





The Fresh Logic Atlas software shows a car fire on an overpass is various stages. When the aircraft first flew by, it was just starting:





On the next pass, the car was fully engulfed:






Next time by, it had been extinguished:





Later, a wrecker was there to haul it away:






Finally, back to normal:



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Quinn
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 8:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ah the bay area...homeless and hipsters peeing all over.

That makes me think of Deuce Bigalow European Gigalow when the Police Commisioner Guy, AKA the killer, says he's sick of foreign hippies coming to amsterdam for "Legalized drugs, and getting high and pissing and crapping in our historic streets."

Cut to a guy in a Leafs jersey screaming, "I'm wasted!" And peeing on a parked car.
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Urbanize
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 11:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think it was the GM Old Headquarters that scares the heevy jeeves out of me looking at it from the sky (it looks like a weird maze vortex.)
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Dougw
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 3:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

This could be a great topic, ala Ookpik. Post a sat image and have people try to guess where it is.


Okay, here's the first quiz. Where is this located?


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Belleislerunner
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 4:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Everyone could use a laugh.

This one's on google.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f= l&hl=en&q=museum&near=San+Fran cisco,+California,+United+Stat es&ie=UTF8&view=map&om=1&layer =c&cbll=37.777452,-122.504927& cbp=1,289.875024308419,0.62871 3401659621,3&ll=37.784792,-122 .502236&spn=0.015093,0.029182& z=15
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Dodgemain
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 5:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That trailer park is in Warren off Warner north of 8 Mile
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Vetalalumni
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 5:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dougw:
A large trailer park in Warren, Michigan.
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Yaktown
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 10:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bellislerunner, is that the pic of the guy peeing on the roadside? Whatever it is, Google says "This image is no longer available"
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Dougw
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 11:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dodgemain got it first. A trailer park just northeast of 8 Mile & Dequindre in Warren.
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Gsgeorge
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Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 2:49 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

mikem, great finds.

looks like Google caught up with the GoogleMaps hunters... all the good street-view images have been removed.

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