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This Is How Fast SF Is Changing: Google Street View Is Now Shockingly Out of Date

The San Francisco you see through the eyes of the Googlemobile isn't the one you'll see out your own window.

U&I Auto Safety Center, Franklin and Fell (March 2011)
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SF Jazz Center, Franklin and Fell (Present Day)
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Dolores Community Garden, 15th and Dolores (April 2011)
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Nearly completed 200 Dolores condominium project, 15th and Dolores (Present Day)
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Pre-construction of Central T Subway, Stockton and Geary (January 2011)
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Construction on Central T Subway, Stockton and Geary (Present Day)
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Unfinished Exploratorium, Pier 17 (February 2011)
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Completed Exploratorium, Pier 17 (Present Day)
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Empty lot, Fremont and Harrison (April 2011)
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Unfinished One Rincon Hill project, Fremont and Harrison (Present Day)
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Empty lot, 14th and Valencia (May 2011)
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Condominiums and a Chase bank office, 14th and Valencia (Present Day)
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Pre-construction of new UCSF Medical Center, 16th and 4th streets (April 2011)
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Mid-construction of new UCSF Medical Center which will be finished February 2015, 16th and 4th streets (Present Day)
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Empty lot, Market and 10th (April 2011)
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754-unit residential apartment complex due to be completed next spring, Market and 10th (Present Day)
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Parking lot, 489 Hayes Street (May 2011)
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Aether clothing store, 489 Hayes Street (Present Day)
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Smog station, intersection of Market and Buchanan (April 2011)
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Linea SF condiminium project due to be completed in February 2014, Market and Buchanan (Present Day)
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8 Washington (April 2011)
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8 Washington (Present Day)
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San Francisco is a constantly changing city, and lately, you could be excused for feeling that the pace has quickened. Whether its the Mid-Market corridor or the Mission, the physical landscape is evolving all around us. But don't tell Google Maps that, because their Street View mode is surprisingly outdated.

It turns out that most of San Francisco's cityscape was "captured" by Google Street View's roving camera cars between January and June 2011. Even though those images are only two years old, entire blocks are indistinguishable in their current incarnations. In Hayes Valley, the $63 million SF Jazz Center used to be an auto shop and in Mission Dolores, a community garden was razed to make way for a set of luxury condominiums.

With all these new construction projects coming and going so quickly, we're surprised that Google hasn't put their 360-degree cameras on top of the Google Buses. That way, Street View could be like your commuter coffee—refreshed every morning.

Take a stroll through our slideshow above to see what's changed, what's currently being changed, and what hasn't changed (yet).

 

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