Archive for the ‘Maps’ Category

Atlanta Explorer – Interactive City Virtualization

December 19, 2014

I was fortunate to work on this video about a team at Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship that is building a virtualization of 1930 Atlanta.  It’s like a Google Maps interface for the city as it existed 84 years ago, with the added feature that all the buildings will eventually be clickable, revealing all sorts of metadata and media about locations.  As geographer Michael Page notes in the video, this project is helping to re-define how we approach urban history.


MARBL’s Randy Gue discusses 1878 and 1928 Atlanta maps

August 30, 2012

As I mentioned in a previous post, Emory’s MARBL is providing online access to a variety of historical maps of Atlanta.  In addition, the Digital Scholarship Commons at Emory is working to produce an interactive map of 1930 Atlanta that will allow any type of data to be plotted, including the name, race, and gender of homeowners and detailed information about infrastructure at specific points, like whether a specific property had access to running water and electricity.  As the project site states, “this combination of GIS technology and unique datasets will change the way Jim Crow Atlanta is studied.”

In this video, MARBL curator Randy Gue discusses maps of Atlanta from 1878 and 1928 and how Emory is providing online access to these maps and beginning to build out the interactive map of 1930 Atlanta.

Map of 4th Ward from 1878

August 26, 2011

My colleague Kathy Hayes and I worked with some of Emory’s library staff to put a collection of Atlanta maps from an 1878 atlas up onto Emory’s new digital gallery.  Check out this map of the 4th Ward.  While many of the streets have different names today, it’s interesting to note how much is still intact over 130 years later, including Irwin and Randolph streets and the rail line that now forms the Beltline.  There are currently 176 maps from the MARBL collection up on the Emory digital gallery, and many more will be added in the coming months.

Mapping Atlanta #2

August 21, 2009

Four years ago I produced a short video with Jack Berry, who helps run a topographical mapping company.  Jack was hired to make a map of a ten acre tract of land in west Cobb County, and I followed him as he obtained four GPS points around the county.  As he explains in the video, his map compilers combine the GPS points he gathers with an aerial photograph to produce the detailed topographic map.  This segment reveals the rapid pace of development in Cobb County in the past two decades.

Mapping Atlanta #1

June 5, 2009

Danny Feig-Sandoval runs a design-build remodeling company in town.  A couple years back, while working in the attic of a home in Candler Park, he discovered an old map of Atlanta from 1892, which the homeowner let him have.  In this segment, Danny discusses some details of this map, especially the fact that many of Atlanta’s creeks and streams were covered and run underground starting in the late 19th century.

—Thanks to Cory Feig-Sandoval for shooting and editing assistance with this video.