Thursday, November 22, 2007

If you've lived in one of the cities they've driven through...

This www.everyscape.com site will let you visit again. They drive a vehicle with a camera down most streets. You drag the view of the map over with your curser, click on where you want to drive, then hit an arrow. When you stop, you can pan all around and see the houses, buildings, well known places in detail. I lived in Boston for over six years and the last time I was back was in 1986. I was curious to see the places I'd lived. Where they still there? Had they changed?

This first photo is on Corey Road where I lived with my first husband while he attended law school. I commuted an hour out of the city to work. We lived on the bottom of this duplex. I'm loading two views. One shows the road leading up to it and it's the first duplex to the right of the photo. The second is a front on view as I panned the camera around. That door to the right was our entrance and the front windows were off of the living room.







From there, I located Upcrest Road where I lived in the commune. In 1986 it was still painted yellow with green shutters and a big tree out front. Now it's white. One view shows the commune to the leading right and the wall at the dead-end top of the street. The other views show the commune. The upstairs far right two windows were r's and my bedroom. The two in the middle were off of a common area. In warm weather we sat on that upstairs patio. I still have a photo taken on my birthday leaning against the railing. Those stairs were treacherous in winter!! And I won't even get into shoveling my VW Beetle out of the snow before dawn some mornings.







Boston, it was good to see you again!

4 comments:

Middle Ditch said...

Yes it can be strange to visit an old haunt. I visited my old city some years ago and had a look at where I used to live for seven years. It was a house without a bathroom. It was where I grew up and matured. Where I entertained many friends until the small hours. Where I shed tears and screamed with joy. Where I found betrayal and lasting love. Where I met David and where I had to say farewell to one of my cats who stayed behind. I went back to see how I felt and hoped that memories would flood back but I found that the house demolished and cold heartless ones in its place.

Collin said...

Cool site, but a little creepy as well.

Pris said...

Hi MD,
I wrote you an email.

Collin,
Fun as it was, I thought about that, too. Cameras are everywhere now. All of these webcams where we can watch things happening all over the world...the satellite cams that show shots of the tops of our houses...if WE can see that much, what does George Bush and his paranoid military leaders see??

Brian Campbell said...

I find it weird that we're investing so much energy into these kinds of diversions (intrusions) and yet not doing anything to deal with what threatens our continued existence on this planet. If I were a terrorist, this kind of virtual mapping might be quite useful. George Bush of course might find it quite useful as well. A few disconnected thoughts...