Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"Hey! I Can See Your House From Here!"
"Street View" in Google Maps has made it to Sturbridge. The latest Google-ite feature allows users to go to Google Maps, type in their town, or Zip code, and see the town as if they were walking along one of the streets. You actually turn around in the street, and look in the windows of the homes if you like.
The feature is not without controversy. Some people don't like their their homes on the internet for the world to see, but this is a Brave New World we are living in, and like it or not, it's here to stay. Face it, the government has been snooping on our backyards for years. Today's cameras from space can make a mosquito on your arm look as big as a Pterodactyl.
So, think twice before going outside to catch some rays on that chaise behind your fence.
Sturbridge isn't completely "Street Viewed" as of yet, but it will be. Currently, Route 20, and some of the roads north of 20 are available to explore on "Street View". Go to http://maps.google.com/maps and choose "Street View" from the menu on the map, and have fun!
Who knows what you'll see around town, and hiding behind the curtains.
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