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KunstlerCast #104: Virtual Tour of Baltimore – Part 1

Google Street Views of B’more

Released: March 25, 2010.

James Howard Kunstler sometimes thinks of Baltimore, Maryland as the poster child for how cities are going to contract in this country and around the world as we enter into a new energy era. In many ways, Kunstler says Baltimore is a very damaged city, but there are some parts of it that are quite interesting fun and heartening. During this episode, JHK gives a virtual tour of B’more using Google Street view. Before zooming in, however, he takes a moment to appreciate the geography of the Chesapeake Bay system and to discuss the history and possible future of shipping in that region.

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INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window and move your mouse to change your perspective. Use the +/- symbols to zoom in our out. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view. Specific instructions are beneath each window.

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Viewing Window 1: Chesapeake Bay

Start: 8:00 Mins.

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ABOVE: Explore the Chesapeake and Delaware bay systems. Use the tabs in upper right-hand corner to switch to satalite or terrain views.

Destination 1: Federal Hill Neighborhood – West Hamburg St. / S. Charles St

Start: 18:25 mins.

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ABOVE: Spin around. Click the screen and move your mouse from left to rigth. Use the +/- signs to zoom in on a feature.

Destination 2: Federal Hill Neighborhood – 53 Churchill St. to 808 S. Charles St.

Start: 24:40 mins.

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ABOVE: Click arrow to head east on Churchill Street. Click screen and move mouse from left to right to examine both sides of the street. Turn corner and head North on S. Charles St., then look left.

Destination 3: Washinton Monument – 570 N. Charles St to 14 W Mt Vernon Pl

Start: 31:12 Mins

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ABOVE: Click the arrows to head north to the monument. Head west on Mt Vernon Pl. Look at buildings on right and park to left.

Destination 3 (Continued): 700 Washington Place to 900 N. Charles St.

Start: 35:45 Mins

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Above: Use arrows to head north on Washington Pl. Click on screen and move mouse to change perspective.


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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

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