It’s amazing how many people in the world use Sketchup to make 3d digital models of all sorts. Google’s recent Model Your Town competition gave some skilled and ambitious teams an opportunity to show off their chops. The finalists were chosen by Google, but the winner will be selected by popular vote (if you want your ballot counted, cast it before May 1!). If you feel like taking a virtual vacation and can get over the overly triumphant jazzercise soundtrack, I recommend watching the video tours of each of the finalist towns. The models are impressive, and it’s fun to see the variety of urban forms represented. It made wish I lived in a place where the urban environment wasn’t completely deferential to automobiles like Getaria, Spain, or Zielona Gora, Poland.