Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Sepulture of Portland Harbor

Portland, Maine, in 1837...

...and in 2001. A bit thicker around the middle, but still recognizable after all these years.

Points of interest in this transformation include Middle Street west of Temple (1960s urban renewal decommissioned the diagonal), Fore Street's ghost waterfront, and the transformation of the 1837 "City Farm" into the present-day stadium complex.

Feel free to download the KML overlay file to view these maps in closer detail. You'll need a free copy of Google Earth, available here.

1 comment:

Patrick Ian Banks said...

Ah, the old new coast. I'd much rather have that old Middle Street diagonal back myself. Too bad melting glaciers don't realign old streets.