Often while traveling around the city, I’ll get out of my car or dismount my bike and take some photos of structures or infrastructure that I find interesting. I do this for the blog, mainly, but I’ve also come to learn the value of having a backlog of thousands of photos stored online.
One building that has undergone a change was located at 17th and Bellefontaine. I documented it for a blog post back in 2008, during the point when I was photographing various little-known urban corners around the city (note: I’m going to do this again some day, I hope):
Yesterday I decided to revisit the corner, and noticed a change at the intersection. I wasn’t sure which building it was, but I knew the corner no longer contained that great ghost sign at the top of a building. Then I went to the ever-valuable Google Street View, where by total luck, an image appeared of the person who was actually painting the buildings.
Navigating to the north on Google Street View, you’ll see an older version of the same corner:
The old Google Street View Map will eventually be replaced by a newer run down the street (although Google has started releasing its historic data). But the photo will always be there for me if I ever need to reference it. And with the influx of smart phones and wifi uploading, there’s almost no excuse to keep me from clicking away.