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).