Two hikers capturing Philly parks for Google

The job listing on Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation website said the position required the ability to lift heavy weights – and the willingness to walk, for miles, through every park in the city, day in and day out, for six months. To Conor Michaud and Gint Stirbys, that sounded just about perfect. So for the last 2 weeks, the two—Michaud, a gym instructor, and Stirbys, a mover—have taken turns hoisting a 50-pound backpack equipped with 15 cameras onto their backs and setting out to digitally document the city’s parks.

It’s part of a project to photograph the hills and woods and streams and manicured lawns for Google Street View – and Philadelphia is the first city to do it.- by Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer

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