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Google Street View photographers capture Cazenovia in high resolution

Google Trusted Photographer Drew Hilker visited Cazenovia last week to photographs the main streets and storefronts for Google Street View.

Google Trusted Photographer Drew Hilker visited Cazenovia last week to photographs the main streets and storefronts for Google Street View. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Some people would say being named the second-coolest small town in America this year has helped put Cazenovia on the map — and now that map will show high-resolution street view images of Cazenovia’s main streets and some businesses. This is because a Google Trusted Photographer team was in Cazenovia last week to photograph streets, sidewalks and storefronts for Google Maps’ “Street View” application — and the team will be back this week to photograph the insides of local businesses if owners request the job.

For years, Google has offered online maps for its users, and, in 2007, the company started its “Street View” application to allow viewers to zoom in and see actual streets in a community.

“When we first started Street View as an experimental project, we packed several computers into the back of an SUV, stuck cameras, lasers and a GPS device on top, and drove around collecting our first imagery,” according to the Google Maps website. “We've come a long way since our initial U.S. launch in 2007; today we've expanded our 360-degree panoramic views to include locations on all seven continents.”

Google trusted photographers now use cars, trolleys, bicycles, snowmobiles, backpacks and cameras on tripods to capture the world and allow people online to see communities, world landmarks, natural wonders, museums, arenas, restaurants and small businesses as if they were standing right there.

“We actually can go anywhere – some places we’ve even gone underwater … on top of a mountain and in the Grand Canyon,” said Google Trusted Photographer Jim Hilker, who, along with his son and partner Drew, visited Cazenovia on Wednesday, May 28, to photograph downtown Cazenovia for inclusion on Google Street View.

The Hilkers have been photographing communities and colleges in New York state and central Pennsylvania for two years for inclusion on Google Street View, as well as a new Virtual Area Guide. This summer they will be working to photograph numerous communities in Central New York, which is what brought them to Cazenovia last week.

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