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November 4, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Google Street View comes to Seattle, mostly (including Microsoft HQ)

Google’s striking and slightly creepy Street View mapping service now includes Seattle and surrounding communities, so you can virtually take a walk and stay out of the rain.

Not every street is there, though, and of course you’ll miss a few other things.

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Like the smell and feel of the city.

And The Seattle Times. For some reason, Google’s rolling cameras opted not to drive down John Street so you can’t see our building’s facade.

The blue area on the photo here shows the area with Street View. But if you zoom in, you’ll see that not every street is covered. (To access the feature when searching for an address, you click the little yellow figure that appears on the map and Street View pops up.)

Google showed respect for underdogs. It gave Bremerton good coverage, but blew off Bainbridge Island. The camera car also looped through Orting, but skipped Olympia on its way back to Mountain View.

Also thoroughly documented are the streets crossing through Microsoft’s campus, where two competitors were captured by the camera:

Seattlelites knew this was coming, since there was a minor clamor over the Google photo car when it drove through town in June.

In announcing the addition today, Google’s map team said Seattle was among the top-three cities clamoring for Street View. Also added today were Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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