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Old 06-22-2013, 11:53 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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I have lived on several private streets that are on Google Streetview. In most municipalities, a "private street" might only mean that the municipality doesn't assume any responsibility for maintenance, snow clearing, etc, it is still open for public use.

A dead end street might be private, but unless it is gated or otherwise closed, the general public has a right to drive into it at will.

A through street is never private unless the owner obstructs the entry at one end or the other. If you build a drivable road through your property, it is lawful for anyone to use it for passage through to the other side, unless you obstruct it in some way.

The parking lot of a shopping mall, even though on private property, is considered a public place where any person can freely drive in, unless blocked.

Here is a privately-owned housing development in Madison, Florida. The street behind the stop sign has been closed off by the owners, to restrict traffic flow within the community. Buy they may, at any time, remove the barrier, and it then becomes a through street that non-residents may use as a shortcut. Google street view includes the street behind the stop sigh.


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Old 06-23-2013, 03:41 PM
Location: Slaughter Creek, Travis County
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Completely legal. The structures are visible from a public right of way.

Conversely, I always enjoy reading the comments inserted by the North Koreans about their fearless leader on the Google map of Pyongyang, North Korea.
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:35 PM
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Location: Ohio
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My city has a bunch of gated neighborhoods. I've never seen one here that is mapped with Google Street View.

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Aren't there "street view" type images inside of stores, restaurants, and malls? Aren't those "private" places?
There's a large tech employer here in my city, Rackspace, that has documented the inside of its headquarters on Street View. I'm not sure if they supplied the pictures themselves or invited Google's cameras into the building to document it.

One of the newest enhancements of Google Maps announced at this year's Google IO conference is that Street View will start to weave geo-tagged photos taken inside buildings and posted publicly into Street View. The example they showed at the conference was The Sistine Chapel. The demo scrolled all over the inside of the building, just like Street View, but it was made of publicly-available photos stitched together into the 3-D panorama format.
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