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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

 

Google Maps mystery

Compatriot "WWB" has a question for any locals out there familiar with the "goings-on" in Pioneer Courthouse Square. He's putting together a post for his DC-based blog, The Washington Canard, and needs to know what event has been captured in this satellite image from Google maps:




The copyright on the photo is 2006 but I have no idea how often Google Maps updates its imagery. There's leaves on the trees surrounding the square and it's sunny outside. My dunderheaded guess is that it was taken sometime last summer, regardless of the date on the copyright. If not, that must mean that it was taken in the last few weeks. Given all the umbrella tables in that corner of the square, it's probably some sort of beer or food festival.

Anyone out there have any idea?

UPDATE: Three cheers and a raised pint glass to David from Portland Walking Tours. He determined that the festival in question is Festa Italiana, which takes place every August in the square. He even went the extra mile and took a look Google Maps' photos of the Pearl District. Based on the state of various buildings, he estimated that the photo was taken in the summer of 2002. Also, a thanks goes out to "M" and Marla for their confirmations. Case? Closed.

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