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"Glass Onions of Time" talks about a couple of groups who have created historical map mashups of various cities. Overlay maps, peel them away, and see the changes through time.

One, Cartifact, provides overlay maps for sale.

The other major project, HyperCities, is funded by the MacArthur Foundation, and includes the following description:
Rather than surfing the web, going from site to site, portal to portal, what if you could surf a city, browse its streets, get lost in its buildings, meet friends and strangers in a hyperlinked world, go back in time, and reemerge in another city?

Hypercities is a revolutionary aggregation platform built out of and on top of real cities: it augments the space and time of the physical world with the information web and renders the experience of the World Wide Web geographic and temporal.

They've taken old maps and adjusted the size and angle so that they perfectly overlay Google maps. Cities available so far include New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, and Ollantaytambo, Peru. Some only have the current Google map and 1-2 old ones, but they're adding more as they go.

How very, very cool!


Michael Magurzki has created Old Oakland, with five old maps and a current one.
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