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Google Angers Staten Island Residents After It Dispatches Street View Cars to Sandy-Ravaged Neighborhoods

Good goin, GOOG.


Google may want to lower the bar from “don’t be evil” to “don’t be thoughtless” after it dispatched Street View cars to a Staten Island neighborhood devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

The New York Post reports that it witnessed a Street View car, used to collect Street View images to overlay on top of Google Maps data, driving through the New Dorp Beach neighborhood in Staten Island. Many of the homes there were destroyed by Sandy in October, and residents are working to rebuild them.

Many neighborhood residents were angered by Google’s decision to dispatch the car. “They are putting us wiped out on the map!” one told the Post. Another wondered if the images would affect the value of their properties.

A Google spokesperson explained to the Post that the updated imagery will help the world understand the extent of the damage, which is probably of little comfort to the actual homeowners affected by the storm.

“The Street View team is currently redriving affected areas of New York City,” a Google spokesperson told the Post. “We hope this accurate, updated imagery that will soon be available in Google Maps will help people around the world better understand the extent of the damage and the importance of coming together as a community to aid in the recovery efforts.”

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