Google Time Machine

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Blair Humphreys has downloaded the latest version of Google Earth, 5.0, and reports a feature that will delight urban historian types: The ability to go back in time to earlier images.

The coolest new feature of the program is that it allows you to search historical aerials. With Oklahoma City, there are approx. 10 different aerial sets dating back to 1991, though only a few are from before 2002. Still, it is great to have access to a tool that records urban transformation.

He demonstrates with images of Bricktown from 1995 to 2003 to 2007. It's striking to see that, for all the new development -- the ballpark, the canal, the new development south of Reno -- very little was demolished over that 12 year period. Bricktown began with a great stock of older buildings, and those buildings have been reused, not replaced.

MORE: Although OKC did plenty of demolition as part of the I. M. Pei plan, their pre-World War II Civic Center -- City Hall and the Music Hall and the connecting mall -- replaced an old Rock Island rail yard. Doug Loudenback has a fascinating historical sketch of the planning and development of the Oklahoma City Civic Center.

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S. Lee Author Profile Page said:

For those, like me, who are too paranoid to download any free software I don't need, and prefer to stick with the mundane google maps, a suggestion is 3rd and Trenton, Tulsa, OK. Zoom in and look around to see Leon Russell's old Church Studio. Not exactly the brightest spot in town, but a good view of the church.

Thanks, Michael. And congratulations on your well-deserved Okie Blogger Award! At least I voted for 2 winners, you and the Idabel chicks.

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