I mentioned PhilaPlace in the last post. Here are some more resources for blurring the lines between history and place, past and present.
The City of Memory site is touted as “a grand, new repository for all of New York’s stories and experiences.” It is rather awesome.
The Manahatta Project is also in New York. It goes past buildings to the historical ecology of the city, just in case you ever wanted to know what New York looked like in 1609. See the Welikia Project website for more information.
Here’s an example from Oakland, a city near and dear to me: the Oakland Alameda Waterfront History Map. It’s not as slick as New York’s sites, but it’s got heart and grit.
Lastly, a view of the mapping revolution circa 1939:
[Cartographer John Braund, with a machine that hammers out topography on a thin metal map. From the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Call Number LC-H22-D- 6161]