Housing site gets "street views"

HomeGain, one of a number of real estate sites geared toward buyers and sellers, now offers Google Street View to give you a panoramic peek at what properties look like.

Here, for example, is what you get when you type in 501 N. Calvert Street, the Sun's HQ.

Google, which has been furiously photographing the world, added street views of Baltimore in November. That means you can give people a taste of your neighborhood -- or other neighborhoods in the area -- by sending them a link. Advertising and public relations firm MGH, for instance, offers this view of Hampden. Hi, Hon!

Google Street View has sparked arguments about privacy rights and safety concerns vs. "let the information flow." Where do you come down in the debate? Are its photos useful or harmful for neighborhoods? If you're an out-of-towner thinking of moving here, is Street View helpful to you?

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