Seen in Google Earth…

There’s a widely published story today (McClatchy Newspapers) on Venezuala’s informal economy. What caught my eye was this paragraph.

However, [Caracas Municipal Mayor Freddy] Bernal acknowledged that it will take a more comprehensive solution to relocate all the street vendors, particularly those in the boulevard of Sabana Grande, where there’s a large concentration of buhoneros [street vendors] (their red and orange tarantines are visible from Google Earth).

Technically, of course, yes you can start up GE and view them, but it concerns me that Google Earth is now standing in for/acting as a written short cut for satellite and other imagery. It’s just something to keep an eye on as we work to explain this industry and how it works.

Published Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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