AMHERST – Alan King knows a few things have changed around Amherst.
But it wasn’t until he took a virtual tour around the community, using Google Earth’s Street View that he realized just how much they had.
“I think the first thing I noticed was that Deluxe Fish and Chips was gone and as I went around the community I saw a lot of other things had changed,” said King, who created a slideshow of the close businesses and buildings that have been removed. “One of the biggest changes I saw was the intersection of Church and Albion. It has changed completed. It’s like a whole other place.”
Other things he noticed were changes to Victoria Square that were done in 2010 as part of the town’s Centre First Downtown Amherst Action Strategy. He also noticed saw the former Windsor and Black Block buildings as they stood in 2009 at the top of Lawrence Street.
King said he grabbed a bunch of screen captures of his virtual trip around Amherst, noting how the Burger King is now the FYI Eye Doctors and Zellers in the Amherst Centre Mall is gone.
With the Google Street View car back in the community last week, King said it makes those images even more important because in five, 10 or 20 years no one will ever know what the former St. Charles Church, Ray Crawford Plaza or Pugsley’s Pharmacy looked like.
“I knew about all the buildings individually, but I never thought about putting them together. When you look at Street View you get the total experience. You see them all together and realize how much things have changed,” he said.
King said he plans to do future virtual tours to compare changes over the years.
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