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Once Around the Web: Take a Virtual Walk around the World

The Google World Wonders Project brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. By using Street View technology, Google allows users across the globe to virtually explore and navigate a neighborhood through panoramic street-level images.  You may not have the time or money to go and visit the temples of ancient Kyoto or the Old City of Salamanca, let alone the heights of the Swiss Alps  or the archaeological areas of Pompei, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to experience them somehow.

Stroll down a cobblestone street and discover what’s around that corner.  Pop into a museum. Study the architecture. Lose yourself for a few minutes. And then get back to work! Your boss needs that TPS report ASAP.

Click image to explore Ancient Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera Temple


Click image to explore Piazza del Duomo, Pisa


And just in case you want something a little more hardcore wonky today, check out these links:

New Understanding of Traffic Congestion

Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion

The Emergent Clustering of America’s Top 50 Bicycling Cities

Chicago’s Ambitious Plan for Zero Traffic Fatalities

Has South America’s Most Sustainable City Lost Its Edge?

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