Google Sightseeing: Fakin’ It!

The concept of a Potemkin village dates back to the late 18th century, when tales spread that the Russian military leader and governor Grigoriy Potyomkin (Potemkin) had ordered the construction of temporary, false-facaded ‘villages’ in his territory to impress visiting officials. The areas of the southern Russian Empire under Potyomkin’s governorship (‘New Russia‘, today’s southern…

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2012 Vancouver SkyTrain Anagram Map

Surely by now in your Internet journeys you’ve come across the fantastic London Underground anagram map, the hilarious parody of Harry Beck’s iconic London Underground map that has been kicking around since at least 2006.  The concept is simply: all of the tube station and line names on the map have been replaced with anagrams. …

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Revisiting Brasilia

The Basement Geographer is back again with another article on Google Sightseeing. This week, thanks to the new Street View and 45° imagery released at the end of July throughout Brazil, we decided to revisit one of the greatest civil engineering projects of all time – the city of Brasilia. You can read the article…

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Metropolitana di Catania: The World’s Shortest Metro

There are around 140 metro/subway/underground systems in the world (not to be confused with light rapid transit systems, which generally share rights-of-way with existing roadways and have lower service frequency and speed). It’s very common to read about the London Underground, the New York City Subway, or the Paris and Moscow Metros. Even systems like the Vancouver…

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