Just what we needed. Thanks to Google Street View, a new tool in Google maps, Mexicans and the entire world can see life as we, here in Mexico, know it.
Street View, a first of it’s kind in Latin America, allows it’s user a 360 degree photgraphic view within virtually every nook and cranny of every important city in Mexico. In essence, what you’ll get is the whole enchilada: The good, the bad, and the really truly ugly of important cities such as DF, Guadalajara, Puebla, Monterrey, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Maya.
With this tool any park, museum or restaurant is just a click away from users; allowing them to see detailed pictures of how a specific place and and it’s surroundings truly are. In many areas of cities viewers can zoom in to see postcard like portraits of the daily ordeals local inhabitants face.
In our nation’s capital, Mexico D.F., viewers are allowed a full, unedited view. In panned images, one can see cultural, historical and architectual beauties such as the Zocalo Plaza, the National Palace, and the Ancient Aztec Templo Mayor.
In other images viewers are greeted with mundane scenarios of street vendors, road blocks, traffic jams, frenzied constructions, and gray smog filled street stills.
Many images found in Mexico D.F. seem to be of simple every day life, in other Street View images, users were shocked to see the reality of homeless people on street corners, junkies, and prostitutes earning their living in the full light of day.
What you will find on Street View Mexico is the same as you’d find in almost any big city anywhere: An interesting mix of old and new, humbleness and vanity, beauty and delapidation, wealth and poverty, culture and ignorance; chaotic wonder.
A quick note to Google:
For God’s sake, could you at least throw us a bone and give us a little heads up? Chingado, If you’d given us unos pinches five minutes notice, we would have either cleaned up or cleared out all of our junkies, pushers, pimps, hookers and bums before you freeze framed us and sent out a world wide postcard from Mexico’s edge.