Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Philadelphia's Past on Google Maps

PhilaPlace

PhilaPlace is an interactive website, created by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, that connects stories to places across time in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The map includes an incredible wealth of information about Pennsylvania's past told through first person memories, videos and photographs.

PhilaPlace was first featured on Google Maps at the end of last year. Since then new features have been added to the map. The new 'Streets' tab features enhanced historical maps that reveal in-depth patterns of change over time for specific blocks in South Philadelphia and Northern Liberties neighbourhoods.

Land-use and census data also allow the user to recreate details and activities on a street, house by house or business by business basis. For example, the map for the blocks of South 9th Street shows the dramatic rise in Italian immigrant households in the decade between 1880 and 1900.

Hat-tip: Mapperz

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