According to an article in the Jan. 18th issue of Der Spiegel, downtown Hamburg, Germany will "take a bow" over the next few weeks as Google Earth's "first viable three dimensional city." Okay, I'm impressed. Equally impressive as the planned debut, is the way in which it came to pass. A group within the City of Hamburg, hamburg@work, approached the Internet giant and proposed the project with an offer to fund the entire process. Sweet. So look for this historic digital imaging work as it unfolds. As the article notes, this is not the first city to be rendered in 3D. It is, however, the first time that such imagery has been widely available without cost to all comers.