OK, after reading about another down day on the market and how Bear Stearns CEO just pocketed $63 million anyway, I felt like taking a walk and getting some fresh air. But wait a minute. It is raining and cold out, rather miserable weather.
So I punch in downtown Boulder Pearl Street Mall on Google Maps and notice there's now a "street view" for downtown Boulder, with much of Pearl Street, Spruce, Walnut and Canyon. But once you hit the pedestrian mall, you can't go any further. I presume this is because Google films their street views from a car or van, and, of course, no vehicles allowed on the walking mall.
Although I read about this new Google tool (and how a few people were embarrassed by being caught on camera, like the guy walking out of a strip club), I'd never tried it out.
It's really quite nifty. The areas available for the street view are shaded in yellow, and you can drag this little yellow man around to wherever you'd like to take a stroll. By moving your cursor right or left, you get a view up or down the street.
So there I was on the corner of 11th and Pearl, looking at Old Chicago but unable to cruise down the mall. I really thought maybe they captured some of the street entertainers. All I could do was jump my little guy over the pedestrian mall down to the parking garage at 15th and stare longingly back down the mall where I had hoped to go.
Well, maybe this is all for the best. If you really need to get some air and take in some people watching, shouldn't you just get down to the real mall itself? Spring is here, the downtown mall flowers should be blooming soon. And if you've never seen Zip Code Man, then by all means, plan some downtown mall walks real soon.