Street View Page on Santiago, Chile

Google Street View is available through Google Maps and Google Earth and provides panoramic views along many streets in the world. It was started in 2007 in the United States and has since expanded to include a large number of countries. Some countries have objected to this form of data gathering and have not allowed Google to take the imagery, Germany being the main hold-out. Available Street View imagery available is shown as blue lines on Google Maps once the so-called pegman has been activated. Images are most often taken by car but a variety of other modes of transport have been used. Once captured, the images are subsequently stitched together. In some areas, Street View images are augmented by privately-done photospheres.

Outline

1.  Street View screen captures

        1.1 Basilica de la Merced

        1.2 Casa Colorada

        1.3 Ex-Congreso Nacional

2.  Links to Street View panoramas

        2.1  Plaza de Armas

        2.2  Terraza Bellavista

        2.3 Aguas de Ramon

3.  TripGeo Street View Animations

        Route from Galeria Cultural Coldelco to Casa Colorada

        Route from Teatro Municipal to Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda

        Route from Museo de la Mode to Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi

4.  Moore's Where to Invade Next

        The value of travel

1 Street View Screen Captures

Figure 1.1. The Basilica de la Merced is a tall church built in 1795. It is built in the Neo-Renaissance architectural style. It is located in Ahumada, one of the city’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfares.

Figure 1.2. Located in the Plaza de Armas section of Santiago, the Casa Colorada is supposed to be the best-preserved colonial house in the region. The former mansion now houses the Museo de Santiago, which displays the city’s history.

Figure 1.3. The Ex-Congreso Nacional is where Congress of Chile used to meet until the 1973 coup d’etat. Shown in this photo are the pedimented porticos with Corinthian columns. Following the end of the military regime, a new congress building was built in Valparaiso.

2 Links to Street View Panoramas

2.1  The Plaza de Armas is the main square in the city. Many historic buildings flank this square. The statue in the street view panorama is that of Diego Portales. He was instrumental in crafting the Constitution of 1833.

2.2 The Terraza Bellavista provides excellent views of the Santiago metroplex from above. The Terraza is part of a public park on San Cristobal hill and open to all.

2.3.  A traveler does not have to travel a great distance to get in touch with nature. On the outskirts of Santiago at the Andean foothills is the Aguas de Ramon. This park has scenic views of a series of rivers and small waterfalls.

3 TripGeo Streetview Player

4 Moore's Where to Invade Next

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Moore's documentary is politically polarizing. Conservative columnists, such as Armon White, are sharply critical of the movie. First, comment on the validity of White's negative review. Then, putting aside politics, what can the movie show us about the value of travel in understanding our own country.

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Michael Moore’s documentary, Where to Invade Next, is fluff-filled powder piece that portrays the United States as backward and unsympathetic compared to other European countries. Columnist Aaron White’s criticism of this film is valid. To me, the criticism really is not about politics. I just view it as a poor documentary.

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When Moore goes around and plants the American flag around Europe, I cringe. Moore touts the amount of vacation time and benefits French workers receive. He does not mention that these benefits are available only to those that are employed.  It has been widely reported that the youth unemployment in France and Spain is on the rise. Moore also portrays the French as permanently happy, smiling people. I know this documentary is a few years old now, but I do not see too many of the Gilet Jaunes protesters smiling.

 

Putting politics and poor filmmaking aside, there is something valuable in how Moore travels around Europe to see firsthand how different city-states handle cultural issues. I do not think a person who stays at home can fully understand how the world works. By traveling and experiencing how other cultures operate, one can improve themselves and the people around them.

Route from Museo de la Mode to Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi (click on “View Map”)

Route view from Teatro Municipal to Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda

(click on “View Map”)

Route view from Galeria Cultural Codelco to Casa Colorada

Submitted by Stuart on April 6, 2019