The City Planning Maps in the Planning Atlanta collection consist of over 1,500 maps from the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA, and other agencies. About half of the collection consists of sheet maps and the other half are planning maps from within the Planning Atlanta collection’s publications. This collection of maps provides a vivid portrait of the city’s built environment and depicts structural conditions of buildings, segregated neighborhoods, land use patterns, clearance areas for urban renewal projects, proposed plans for redevelopment and outlined areas to be cleared for highway construction.
This collection of maps is designed to be an interactive digital collection for researchers, educators, and the general public. Not only can the items in this collection be viewed online and downloaded, each map can also be viewed as an overlay in both Google Maps and Google Earth. When these maps are viewed in Google Maps or Google Earth, neighborhood and city-wide change become readily apparent by comparing contemporary satellite images with the georeferenced historical planning maps. For advanced geographic information systems (GIS) users, each map can be downloaded as a GeoTiff image file. The overlays were created using ArcMap and MapTiler.