Archive for the ‘Railroad’ Category

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.


Rail Removal for Atlanta’s Beltline Project

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!  2010 is an exciting year for Atlantans because it’s when the Beltline path will finally become a reality.  In the past month, Norfolk Southern crews have been removing old railroad lines along the Northeast corridor of the Beltline.  The rail removal will continue in the Southwest corridor in the coming months and then a temporary mulch path will established.  In another year or two, a permanent concrete path will be installed, connecting the forty-five neighborhoods along the Beltline.  In five or ten years, a two-way light rail line will complement the path.

In this segment, Beltline volunteer Angel Poventud discusses the rail removal, the Beltline vision, and why it matters so much to intown Atlantans.  If you’d like, the video can be viewed in a larger size here.