Atlanta Time Machine

Last summer, I wrote several blog entries about how Atlanta’s past may be both remembered and forgotten in the rush of development and re-gentrification. I’m fascinated by the traces of Atlanta’s (or any city’s) past when I can find them, and the Atlanta Time Machine provides a wealth of access to these images. The site collects vintage photographs of Atlanta and compares them with contemporary photos taken from nearly the same location. Greg, the author of the site, has devoted a tremendous amount of energy to this project, and it works very well, the comparisons of past and present beautifully presented.

In case you’re interested, I live within walking distance of this intersection, but if you want to see something really mind-blowing (or if you’re nostalgic for Atlanta’s pre-traffic-nightmare past), check out this before and after shot of downtown Atlanta from the 14th Street bridge. Most of the vintage photographs were provided by Special Collections at Georgia State University’s Pullen Library. Cool stuff (via Metafilter).

4 Comments »

  1. Chris Martin Said,

    June 30, 2004 @ 10:17 pm

    I saw that site last month. It’s quite interesting. A friend of mine lives within a block from that shopping center too. I live a block away from this:
    http://www.atlantatimemachine.com/houses_apts/northern.htm

    which unfortunately still looks like a prison block

  2. chuck Said,

    June 30, 2004 @ 10:31 pm

    Yeah, it does look like a prison-block–at least there are some older trees around the building to counter that effect.

  3. Jen Said,

    June 30, 2004 @ 11:10 pm

    I live around the corner from Peachtree Hills Apartments and looking at the picture, the building has been the same for 60 years! I hope they’ve renovated the inside..

  4. chuck Said,

    July 1, 2004 @ 12:20 am

    I like many of those older apartment buildings, but like you, I’m a little surprised they’ve been around since the 1940s.

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