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15_the_circle ([personal profile] 15_the_circle) wrote2011-08-09 08:22 pm
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Has Google Street View become the contemporary incarnation of Sanborn maps?

[OT from cottage renovations]
[crossposted from Google+]

Sanborn fire maps are a familiar tool to anybody who has ever needed a times series of historical maps for some location.  Mapping the as-built conditions was intended to provide a baseline for any claim adjudication, valuation and reconstruction that might might follow a natural (or unnatural) disaster.  Periodic updates and secure storage made them a natural for other historical purposes. 

These UK before-and-after news images show an interesting use of GSV imagery for the same purpose. 

(click past these samples for interactive before-and-after imagery)


images: telegraph.co.uk

[edit: added link to wiki page]