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This Is How Fast SF Is Changing: Google Street View Is Now Shockingly Out of Date
George McIntire | Photo: George McIntire | July 16, 2013
The San Francisco you see through the eyes of the Googlemobile isn't the one you'll see out your own window.
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 But don't tell Google Maps that, because their Street View mode is surprisingly outdated.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).