This project emerged from a simple question, "what did your local Blockbuster turn into"?

With an entire generation tied to their local Blockbuster store and the emergence of Google Streetview, we thought of harnessing the power of the masses and gathering this information while also making a fun story out of it.


This story uses the Google Streetview API, Google Sheets, and QGIS to map out all of the previous locations of the now defunct brand. It uses the earliest Google Streetview imagery available by location to prove this point and then reveal the latest imagery to show what it has become. We then ask users to provide answers, which automatically populates a live bar chart that shows what all of these locations have turned into.