9 Uses for Street View Besides Checking Out Your Old Neighborhood

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9 Uses for Street View Besides Checking Out Your Old Neighborhood

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Street View has been with us since 2007, allowing us to spy on our old neighborhoods, see our front door on the internet, and generally travel the globe without getting up from the sofa. This ever-expanding digital library of locations has more uses than you might realize—and here we’ve listed some of our favorites.


1) Check out tricky intersections

This is one we do all the time—checking out the layout of tricky city intersections before a road trip, to be sure we know where we’re going. Even with the best mapping technology on your phone, it can be all too easy to get lost driving across multiple lanes and multiple intersections when you’re in a strange city, and even more so abroad. Check out the intersection on Street View first, and you at least know what’s coming your way.


2) Travel through walks ahead of time

Speaking of checking out journeys ahead of time, the walking directions you get from today’s mapping apps aren’t always reflective of the pathways and trails that are actually on the ground. Okay, so you’re not going to walk the entire route in Street View—you may as well stay at home if you’re doing that—but you can use it to spy out some turns and key points along the way, to minimize the risk of you getting lost while you’re outdoors.


3) Find out if there’s parking

You’re heading to a restaurant, a bar, or anywhere else, and you need to work out if there’ll be anywhere to park: Google Maps and Apple Maps can help with this up to a point, and you can probably find information on the venue website as well, but a quick visit to Street View can give you a good idea whether or not you’re going to be spending a long time looking for parking (and if there is a parking lot, you can check where the entrance is).


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4) Decide if you want to move to a neighborhood

If you’ve ever had to relocate, then you’ve probably thought of this one already—using Street View to run reconnaissance on areas that you’re thinking about moving to. Sure, it’s not as helpful as actually visiting the place yourself, but Street View will show you the state of the neighborhood: How many green spaces there are, what sort of eating and drinking establishments

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