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The hidden farms of Chicago

by Mickey Mellen on Apr.15, 2014, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

NPR’s The Salt recently took a look at Chicago and the many “hidden farms” that can be found on rooftops around the city.

rooftop gardens

Researcher John Taylor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign spent 400 hours over the course of eight months researching these gardens to determine where the gardens were and which ones were actually producing food. The result was a total of 4,648 sites, covering more than 65 total acres.

“Urban agriculture is sometimes thought of as something new and trendy, but of course people have been growing food in backyards and on vacant land for generations,” Taylor says. “From a planning and policy perspective, we have to consider food production at multiple scales.” Taylor’s data is helping another effort aimed at documenting all of the city’s agricultural sites: the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project.

You can read more for yourself by checking out the full article on the NPR site. I was able to track down the screenshot above by finding it via the story, and you can view that area for yourself in Google Earth by loading this KML file.

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Excellent property and data visualizations in Google Earth

by Mickey Mellen on Oct.11, 2013, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Google Earth is an amazing tool to visualize trends and growth when it comes to real estate.  In the past we’ve shown you some tools that use historical imagery to show how things have changed, such as Google’s Timelapse project and this impressive visualization of urban growth in Spain.

Today we wanted to show you three impressive videos that use Google Earth to show historical real estate information in a very compelling way.  They take three major american cities (Chicago, New York, San Francisco) and show the growth of them over the past 150 years.  The videos begin with a flat city, then slowly begin dropping in colored polygons for the buildings in the order in which they were built.

It’s an impressive set of videos and a very effective way to show this kind of growth.

You can read more about these on The Source website.

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Google releases 3D Imagery in Atlanta, Chicago and more

by Mickey Mellen on Jun.11, 2013, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Google has quietly released 3D Imagery in more new cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Edmonton, Winnipeg, West Midlands (UK)  and perhaps a few others.  As with the previous cities they’ve updated, it looks phenomenal from the air though a bit rough when you get down to ground level.

atlanta-3d-imagery

Google hasn’t announced every addition to their 3D Imagery, so I’ve been working on building a comprehensive list. With the help of our old blog entries, old Lat Long Blog entries, Wikipedia, @seandhattersley, and GEB reader ‘Munden’, I think I have a pretty solid list. If you know of other cities that are already showing the 3D Imagery, please leave a comment and let us know.

Australia
Adelaide
Canberra

Austria
Innsbruck
Linz

Canada
Edmonton
Winnipeg

France
Avignon
Basel
Dijon
Grenoble

Germany
Heidelberg
Lorrach
Mannheim
Munich
Speyer
Ulm
Weinheim

Italy
Cagliari
Rome

Spain
Burgos
Manresa
Pamplona
San Sebastian
Santander

Switzerland
Basel
Berne
Geneva
Lausanne
Nyon
Zurich

United Kingdom
West Midlands
West Yorkshire

United States
Albuquerque, NM
Anaheim, CA
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Berkeley, CA
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Boulder, CO
Charlotte, NC
Cheyenne, WY
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Denver, CO
Fremont, CA
Hayward, CA
Houston, TX
Jefferson, MO
Kansas City, MO
Lawrence, KS
Little Rock, AR
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Modesto, CA
New York, NY
Oakland, CA
Olathe, KS
Orlando, FL
Phoenix, AZ
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Prescott, AZ
Rapid City, SD
Redding, CA
Reno, NV
Sacramento, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
San Rafael, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Seattle, WA
Spokane, WA
Springfield, MO
St Louis, MO
Tampa, FL
Tucson, AZ
Wichita, KS

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