The official post from the Google Lat Long blog is by our mayor Mitch:
Nearly 7 years after Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures in 2005, the resilient people of New Orleans are making remarkable progress. The Street View imagery in Google Maps, which has just been updated today, more accurately reflects the major construction and renewal that’s underway. It’s everywhere you look, from the nearly 2-mile long, 26-foot-high Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Hurricane Protection Barrier to the major construction near downtown that will be the future site of two hospitals and a biomedical research corridor.
Many thanks to NOLA Defender, Search Engine Land, and the individuals who all took time to contact Google PR (and to Rebecca for alerting us). And MAJOR thanks to Google for updating!
Most of all: thank you to all of the readers who sent us messages with your personal stories about trying to move back to New Orleans, about visiting New Orleans, about loving the beautiful architecture and colors of this city, and about recovery. Those were some of the best things to come out of this blog.
For fun, here's an updated version of our first post:
|Original Street View screenshot taken 6/20/2012, with Google imagery from 2007|
|Our photo taken 6/20/2012|
|NEW Google Street View screenshot taken today, 8/14/2012, with Google imagery from 2011.|
- Hunter and Annalisa