More cities get lifelike facades: Portland, Austin, Chicago and Philadelphia

Last month, Google unveiled detailed facades for five cities in California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Franciso, Berkeley and Stockton). By mapping StreetView imagery onto the 3D models, they were able to give great detail to those downtown areas.
Today Google has added the facades to four more US citiesPortland, Austin, Chicago and Philadelphia. Considering all of the cities out there that already have 3D buildings and StreetView imagery, I would expect this list to keep expanding in 2010.
Fly around and check them out for yourself, or watch the video below for a quick tour:

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. I’m all for more detail, and was especially looking forward to seeing my old stomping grounds of Hollywood.
    Unfortunately, many of the facades there are absolutely wretched. They are not aligned, often contain huge chunks of sky, and in some cases act as billboards that obscure the 3D models behind them.
    For a good (bad?) example, take a look at the buildings on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard at these coordinates: 34.101550, -118.332284.
    From what I’ve seen of downtown LA, they can do a very good job. Hollywood, though, is a horrible mess.

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