I can’t decide whether to be freaked out by the sheer Orwellian overtones of this, or to just appreciate it for the invaluable information it now puts at my fingertips.

For several months now, Google has been rolling out a street-view function for its maps of several cities throughout the country. This feature allows you not only to see a map to an address or a satellite view of same, but to see a street-level image of the address as well.

Well, it’s now active for Austin, for better or worse.

Thx to the Austinist