The National Trust is introducing Main Streets in 3D (left), a collaboration with Google and Igloo Studios that is designed to empower Main Street programs to use 3D technology in their revitalization efforts.
Designated Main Street programs may apply for a year-long program that will provide free training and support to help create a 3D model of a main street district using Google SketchUp™ and Google Earth™.
The 3D models (right) provide building owners with façade improvement options and business owners with interior design or store layout scenarios. Towns can create interactive travel itineraries to give tourism a boost, incorporate virtual tours of their downtowns into business recruitment efforts and make business and building inventories easier.
Click on the heading above to read "Visualizing Your Community With Google Earth and Google SketchUp" from the January-February 2010 issue of Main Street Now.
If you have a designated Main Street program nearby you can help them develop their 3D models. If not, you can use the guidelines and processes to do your own project in your school.