The buildings in these five California cities now have detailed facades, meaning that you can see storefronts and architectural details like you would if you were walking down the street. We’ve constructed these models by using imagery from Street View, similar to the way that users can make photo-textured models in SketchUp 7.1.
With these models in Google Earth, you can go in one swoop from viewing the globe through an astronaut’s eyes to virtually browsing the shops in San Francisco’s Chinatown or San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
Showing is always better than telling, especially for an interactive and vivid experience like this, so go explore the models in Google Earth.
Posted by Christian Frueh and Manish Patel, 3D Modeling Team earthtopomaps.com