Wednesday, 3rd August 2005 by Alex Turnbull
This is Venice of America, in California. Originally intended to be a copy of its namesake, the rapid development of the the motor-vehicle industry sadly meant that in 1929, barely 24 years since its inception, most of the canals were filled in.
Jumping all the way to the other side of the globe now (you lucky Google Earth people!), this is Gold Coast City, Australia. With more than 200km of waterways this looks like a cool place to live. The canal system is pretty huge, and as it was built in the 1960s, cars have been well catered for. Every house is beside a canal and a road. Google appears to have had a bit of an issue trying to match the whole thing up though!
Thanks to Miku Araman and Sean.