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What did Peachtree look like 50 years ago?

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Actually almost 60 years! Here's a detailed aerial view of the backbone of the city back in 1949. I labeled a few areas just for orientation. It's interesting to see how things have changed.

Aerial View of Peachtree 1949 You do have to scroll left and right a bit to follow Peachtree, as it's actually curvier than it seems. Things were still fairly residential almost all the way down to North Avenue.

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I love those aerials from GSU - I've georeferenced a few of them mainly in my neighborhood. It's interesting to see how much my neighborhood has lost from I-20, as well as downtown from all the freeways. Of course the most interesting aspect of these aerials is to show the dense urban neighborhoods to the east, south & west of downtown before urban renewal bulldozed them.

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Wow! Those are amazing to see.

Does anyone know what avenue was lost under the downtown connector in midtown? Between Midtown and GT there was another major avenue there. I tried to follow it downtown to figure it out but kept comming up empty.

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Wow! Those are amazing to see.

Does anyone know what avenue was lost under the downtown connector in midtown? Between Midtown and GT there was another major avenue there. I tried to follow it downtown to figure it out but kept comming up empty.

I *think* it was mainly Williams Street (and of course all the cross streets) that got paved over by the connector. Here's a link where I've attempted to show the 1949 Aerial with the freeway superimposed. It's not 100% accurate but I believe that's about right.

Of course the south end of the Connector also cut a wide swath through town, and didn't do any favors to areas like Sweet Auburn.

:(

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