1. June 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm | permalink

    Earlier today The StreetView car was cruising along Fifth Avenue downtown. I was standing out in front of the DDA offices at the time and saw it pause at Washington Street. As anyone would in that situation, I pranced down to the corner to maximize my chance of being captured in the next iteration of the Goog’s Street View record of Ann Arbor.

  2. By Ben
    June 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm | permalink

    Spotted a similar car parked at Oakwood and Cross in Ypsi around 6pm.

  3. By bear
    June 9, 2011 at 1:39 am | permalink

    Yeah, I saw it in Ypsilanti the other day in a person’s driveway on Oakwood, just south of Packard rd. I kinda of thought maybe they were operating in the area.

  4. By Leah Gunn
    June 9, 2011 at 6:33 am | permalink

    You can’t see the photo unless you sign up to use Twitter. The Chronicle should not accept such photos. Other Tweet photos have been published.

  5. By cosmonıcan
    June 9, 2011 at 8:11 am | permalink

    #4 Leah: Click the button that says “Display Media” and you will see the photo. No need to sign up for anything.

  6. June 9, 2011 at 8:58 am | permalink

    I use Twitter but I couldn’t see any way to access the picture. The URL on the tweet took me back to the tweet itself. Some editorial intervention welcome.

  7. By Mary Morgan
    June 9, 2011 at 9:11 am | permalink

    I initially didn’t see the “Display Media” button either – it’s in the middle of the gray box, below the tweet. Click on that and you’ll see the picture.

  8. June 9, 2011 at 10:59 am | permalink

    Re: comments on the accessibility of the image

    Setting the link properly is the responsibility of The Chronicle, not of the observer who submits the item. So this glitch was ours, not Blyer’s.

    When I set up the item initially, I noticed the scary warning as I tested that the link worked, but satisfied myself that the image was sufficiently accessible once you click on the “display media” button. In retrospect, it probably could have saved some frustration, if I had linked straight to the image file itself in the first place – as I’ve now done.

    Now is perhaps a good occasion to note that photos are absolutely not a requirement for Stopped.Watched. submissions. We try to make sure that the observation is understandable without the aid of a photo. That’s because these items are meant to be a textual record – but obviously photos are sometimes really helpful and certainly always welcome.

  9. By Rod Johnson
    June 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm | permalink

    It’s a puzzle to me how the street view team has made multiple passes at even small streets in Ann Arbor within the freeway ring, but outside the freeway ring has been completely neglected, even if it’s within the city limits, like the Dolph Park area or around Skyline and Wines–not to mention dense neighborhoods like those around Carpenter School, or off Oak Valley, or even Ypsi and Saline. Same thing in the Detroit suburbs, where coverage just stops west of 275 and north of 13 Mile. Does anyone know how decisions like that get made?