Cook County Digital Photography Project

Cook County Digital Photography Project van

While I was having a (delightful) brunch at La Tache in Andersonville with Erica last weekend, a white van with a big camera sticking out of the side sloooowly pulled out the alley beside the restaurant. It said “Cook County Digital Photography Project” on the side (along with a phone number) and took some time to manuever out of the alley. Unlike Google Street View’s panoramic cameras, there was a single large camera sticking out of the one side of the van. Which may be why the project has been in progress since 2007, while Google Street View covered all of Chicagoland in one meth-fueled weekend.

A Year at the Wheel posted a video where they ask the driver of the van what he’s up to. His answer, “Cook County property taxes,” is more straight-forward than the hand-waving “increased efficiencies of County personnel, and the enhanced abilities of the public safety agencies” and “more accurate emergency dispatching, planning for disaster management and increased support of homeland security” touted in the PDF handout about the project.

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