Friday, December 15, 2006

Detroit in '76 - and a few other years

If you're a Detroit history buff or a fan of Map Detroit (who isn't?) you're gonna l-o-v-e Detroit 1976.

The newest brainchild of Detroit-based Naviciti LLC - a media production, marketing and web development firm - is a free site offering a glimpse into the Central Business District's (CBD) past, including an interactive look at the CBD in 1976, plus aerial images of the area on other dates between 1949 and 2005.

Featuring a variety of tools - aerial photography, 2D and 3D renderings, and building photos - users will find a wealth of information on CBD buildings of the past and present. For example, along with pictures of specific buildings on the map, information like the date a structure was built and the architect(s) are also provided.

Users can also compare the CBD of '76 to the CBD of today on a number of fronts, including the number of buildings demolished between the two time periods, and which buildings in '76 were - and which of them now are - deemed historic on a city, state and/or national level.

“What this is, effectively, is a highly detailed electronic time capsule,” says Tony Smith, Naviciti's founder and CEO.

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Currently, the aerial photos of the CBD go back to 1949. But eventually - and this is really nifty - Naviciti plans to incorporate data as far back as the 1700s. How cool is that??

Experience Detroit 1976 for yourself here.

For more information on Naviciti's innovative, user-friendly mapping tools, please click here.

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