How Google killed Toronto City Life

Posted on October 7th, 2009 6 great comments. Room for one more!

Oh … my … freakin’ … God.

It’s here. Street View is here.

The loss of productivity in Toronto this morning must’ve been staggering; into the billions I bet. Once you start flying around the city, it’s kinda hard to stop. I know I was on a tour of my neighbourhood for hours.

Addictive, packed to the rafters with photos, and backed by Google; TCL’s so screwed. How the hell am I supposed to compete with that?!

As a minor consolation, it took the Google car a really long time to capture the whole city, so maybe I can produce something more up-to-date. Well, eventually.

barbershop of struggle
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You tried the Street View thing, didn’t you?

See? It’s hard to resist. But until Google figures out how to incorporate street festivals or higher resolution dead musicians, at least there’s some hope.

as worried as me
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I’m also glad that the Google car seems to have avoided alleys and sidewalks. It saved the lives of thousands of pedestrians, but more importantly, it left a small window of opportunity for something unique.

it doesn't even look like a fountain!
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Why do they always have to pick on the little guy? Just when I thought I was getting the hang of this blogging thing, along come Larry and Sergey and kick me in the painful bits.

What did I ever do to them?!

6 Comments on “ How Google killed Toronto City Life ”

  • Theresa
    October 8th, 2009 9:46 am

    I wouldn't worry about it, your photos are WAY better. Makes me even more anxious to get to Toronto, I'll be visiting in the middle of November.

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  • Patrick
    October 9th, 2009 8:08 pm

    The middle of November? Well, you'll definitely be getting the native tour. Bring layers!

  • Iryna
    October 8th, 2009 3:04 pm

    Love the guy on the bench.

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  • Patrick
    October 9th, 2009 8:07 pm

    Thanks, Iryna. That used to be Glenn Gould.

  • Eddie Garcia
    October 9th, 2009 4:20 am

    Thanks for the post and the wonderful pictures of your good looking city. I have an acquaintance temporarily living in your fair city and they say it is very pretty with lots to do. Don't worry too much about Google, they're only a multi-million dollar company. What can they do to you? lol

    Friends 4 Life!

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  • Patrick
    October 9th, 2009 8:06 pm

    Exactly, Eddie. What can they do? :D
    Thanks for the kind words.

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