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Speculate Wildly and Attempt to Solve this Blurry Mystery

by Prince Of Petworth January 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm 34 Comments

via google street view

“Dear PoPville,

A low priority, but I wonder why these two buildings around 1111 V St. NW are hidden in Google Maps?”

Hmm, normally they do this for some embassies and government buildings but this seems like such a random location. Any guesses? Top secret locations for the next monster pop ups?

  • wdc

    Real life trap street. Where my Doctor Who peeps at??
    (No, I didn’t know about the practice before they discussed it on DW, and I like their definition for this.)

    • Love it! We can test your theory by walking down the sidewalk counting.

    • skj84

      OMG. Maybe there is a perception filter around it!

  • rf

    It’s probably something boring, like, there were for sale signs with realtor faces that couldn’t blur out effectively. Too bad.

  • loganhc

    Anyone can request to have their home blurred out on Streetview using the “Report Problem” link at the bottom of the page. So they probably did that.

    • GBinCH

      +1. In the case of embassies, its not that Google does that automatically. The embassies actually submit the request in most places.

      • IDontGetIt

        That’s weird, isn’t it easily obtained public information where an embassy is? Not to mention their name is usually on the building.

        • It’s more to deter the crazies from getting any ideas….

          • IDontGetIt

            Who are you calling crazy? ;-)

  • GBinCH

    Its probably just a request from the home owner. Google will actually blur your entire property if you request it. The below is taken from their privacy statement for street view:

    Blurring policies: We have developed cutting-edge face and license plate blurring technology that is applied to all of Google’s Street View images. If one of our images contains an identifiable face or identifiable license plate, our technology will automatically blur it out. We will also blur your entire house, car, portions thereof if you submit a request to us for blurring. Please note, however, that once Google blurs an image the effect is permanent. If you submit a request to have your personal home blurred from Google Street View imagery, all historical and future images of your home will also be blurred.

    • wdc

      Huh. Having all historical street images of certain properties blurred is going to be a shame for future historians. I bet they will love going through our old-timey google pictures and seeing how short all the houses looked before pop-ups became mandatory.

    • Anon

      I don’t trust their “cutting-edge face and license plate blurring technology” unless they’ve significantly improved it. I had to contact them to blur out a completely legible car license plate.

  • tristan

    doesn’t sotomayor live up there?

    • IDontGetIt

      I believe she lives in one of the larger condo buildings in the area.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Yeah, she’s in a million $ + new condo a block or so up from here.

      • jeffykay

        she lives in the building at the far right of the pic. and paid several hundred thousand less than a million for her unit.

  • SW Guy

    As others have noted you can request it be blurred. Oddly enough I noticed that the house with the package thieves from a few days ago is blurred is as well. I only knew where to look because I used to walk by everyday.

  • John

    They are not blurred out on Bing Maps..

  • mb

    Justice Sotomayor lives in the condo building on the right edge of the photo, so it’s probably covering the exits.

    • Crates

      Not likely, since you can take the street view into the alley between the condos and the houses.

  • Of course, if you really want to know what’s there, you can just use Bing Maps’ Streetside view.

  • Aluminum Foil

    It’s a timewarp to a parallel universe.

    • Patrick Division

      It’s just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right. With your hand on your hips. You bring your knees in tight.

  • bd13

    As someone who owns and lives in one of these two houses, it’s as much a mystery to us as anyone. Our house has been blurred out since before we bought it more than 5 years ago. Anyone know how to ask Google to unblur the image? Is it really permanent?

  • 12 Grimmauld Place

    • Tim

      HA! Fidelius Charm.

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  • Anonamom

    Street View is so funny to me. The Street View car actually went through the alley behind my house, so there are pictures of my house from every possible angle. Personally, I think it’s interesting, and will be super cool showing the grandkids one day where we their parents once lived. Others think it is a huge invasion of privacy.

  • jcm

    Have they seriously not been through there since July 2009? They’ve done my house three times since then. For a while, my cat was in the picture, and now he’s gone, so they may have actually shot it more than once in their last run through.

    • Anon

      Google Maps is funny sometimes. If you advance through Street View using the arrows, sometimes it shows you footage taken from different time periods. I’ve seen sunny summer footage and then suddenly gloomy winter shots.

      • Truxtoner

        You guys know that you can actually go back in time too right? If you are in the street view mode in the browser, up to the top left where the address is of what you’re viewing, you can click around there and it’ll show you what that shot looked like in previous trips made by the Google View car. Obviously this only works if that spot has been captured multiple times by the vehicle. For my house, I can see it in different windows of time from 2007 until 2014 when the last visit was made. It’s fun b/c the neighboring building wasn’t there in 2007 and my house looked like a crack den.

  • oodles of doodles

    they did this to the House of Secrets in Ledroit (501 T st)…. https://goo.gl/ni7ULl… so maybe it’s just a super secret underground club. http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/photos-house-of-secrets.htm

    • oodles of doodles

      eerp… 507 T


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