In case you felt like wasting another 30 minutes on the Internet today, Google maps introduced a cool new feature that lets you see a street view over the span of seven years.
We used it to take a look at some of the best Seattle music and entertainment landmarks.
The Showbox SoDo looks pretty much the same today as it did in 2007, save for a few small changes around 2008 (when the venue added a small gated area). Thankfully, the Showbox is still featuring our favorite artists: Mark Lanegan and Tori Amos, among others, will be performing this year. Another Seattle classic, the Paramount Theatre, unsurprisingly looks the same. Nuemo’s got quite the makeover around 2008 (anyone else remember when the building used to be red? You can see it on the map in 2007).
You can also use the map to check out some of your favorite Seattle sports venues. Banners outside of Century Link (then Qwest Field) stadium in September of 2007 feature Deion Branch, Lofa Tatupu, Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander (we wonder if then 19-year old Russell Wilson ever thought he’d be featured there).
You can check out the feature on Google maps for yourself here. You’ll see more than a few changes in certain Seattle neighborhoods, especially South Lake Union and the Central District. The best part about all of these concert halls is that, for better or worse, they’re much the same as they were almost a decade ago. While the Seattle music scene has been undoubtedly pushing boundaries, it still remains a bit resistant to mainstream change — and it is all the more authentic as a result. Much like our music scene, our Seattle venues stand collectively classic, stubborn, and just plain cool.