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Old December 19th, 2015, 09:29 AM   #321
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This photo shows the terrible damage that expressways can do to the urban fabric of old cities like Richmond. Originally called the "Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike", this section of the highway can be seen bulldozing its way through the densely developed Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond.

Jackson Ward dates back to the early 1800s and after the Civil War became known as the "Harlem of the South" due to the many banks, theaters, and other commercial institutions owned by prosperous African Americans. The neighborhood featured fine examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, much of which was destroyed by this Turnpike. What's left of Jackson Ward was finally designated a "National Historic Landmark District" in 1978.
Sorry to get off topic but you brought up a issue that deals with the issue of "skylines back in the day".
"Sadly the same thing happened to Miami's Overtown when they built I-95 and basically destroyed the African-American community there in the 1960's.

This was Overtown in it's heyday before I-95 :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yHBQRBc0wU


https://z65ovrxjio4asccx3admgs10-wpe...6&h=687&crop=1

The gentrification that is going on in Miami will eventually mean the death of Overtown now in say a decade or so.

A very good article here regarding Overtown if you are interested :
https://thenewtropic.com/overtown-past-future/
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Old December 20th, 2015, 04:51 AM   #322
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Interesting write-up on Overtown. In many ways, Overtown and Jackson Ward are very similar. During the era of Jim Crow/segregation, each of these neighborhoods developed as a "city within a city", providing African-Americans with all the goods and services they needed. Black-owned businesses lined Second Street and sections of Broad Street in Richmond, and included such landmarks as the Hippodrome Theater. The Hippodrome featured live performances by all the great entertainers of the day including Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, and Duke Ellington.

Fortunately for Jackson Ward, its future does not seem to be as dire as that facing Overtown. Although greatly diminished in size, the 40-square-blocks remaining in Jackson Ward make it the largest National Historic Landmark District in the country associated with African-American history. Richmond now seems to be making a real effort to preserve and improve this culturally important neighborhood.

BTW, that I-95 interchange in Overton appears to be about the size of Denmark. Absolutely appalling.
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 09:16 AM   #323
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Old January 1st, 2016, 09:44 AM   #324
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Old January 2nd, 2016, 05:51 PM   #325
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Looking at some of these shots, I wonder if it's not time to get over our nostalgia for yesteryear's downtowns ? Ex: Nashville in the 70's is grimy and pockmarked with surface parking. About the only thing it had (that present-day Nashville doesn't have) is department stores.
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 05:37 AM   #326
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Looking at some of these shots, I wonder if it's not time to get over our nostalgia for yesteryear's downtowns ? Ex: Nashville in the 70's is grimy and pockmarked with surface parking. About the only thing it had (that present-day Nashville doesn't have) is department stores.
a) It depends on the downtown.

b) This isn't purely a nostalgia thing but to see how far some of these cities have come, see what they may have done right or wrong. At least, I haven't looked at every picture with a longing eye. Some of them are downright bleak!
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 06:09 AM   #327
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Looking at some of these shots, I wonder if it's not time to get over our nostalgia for yesteryear's downtowns ? Ex: Nashville in the 70's is grimy and pockmarked with surface parking. About the only thing it had (that present-day Nashville doesn't have) is department stores.
When I look at Norfolk c. 70 years ago, I can't help but wonder what happens if people don't flock to the brand new suburbs that popped up in the early-60s, and what happens if they don't tear down so much history. The formation of two new suburbs actually hurt this area, as it created more competition and less unity. I think as an indirect result, downtown Norfolk fell off from the 70s up until about 1999.

Back to my main point, I wish I could go back to the 50s or 60s and tell them to keep momentum going, so yeah, I'm nostalgic out of curiosity.

They've rebuilt in the last 15 years, but it'll be a while before it ever gets anything close to the pictures I posted above.
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I remember this well. Most of those buildings are not there now.
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Old January 12th, 2016, 10:55 PM   #329
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Looking at some of these shots, I wonder if it's not time to get over our nostalgia for yesteryear's downtowns ? Ex: Nashville in the 70's is grimy and pockmarked with surface parking. About the only thing it had (that present-day Nashville doesn't have) is department stores.
The nostalgia we have is typically for downtowns before cars got big and urban renewal wreaked its havoc, i.e. the pre-war era. The 70's-80's was pretty much the height of all that.
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Here's a pretty interesting one shared over on the UP. This is roughly 1970-1971 Charlotte. And I've included a relatively current shot from the same angle to give you an idea of what the heck we are looking at.



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Memphis was as large as Atlanta in 1950 and on its way to being another St. Louis or Cincinnati. It seems overlooked among the great American river cities. Great photo!
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Old November 28th, 2016, 07:11 PM   #335
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Atlanta c. 1950s

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Old December 1st, 2016, 01:53 AM   #336
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Charlotte may be unrecognizable but traffic is still the same...well sort of.



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What so many people don't realize about Atlanta is that most of the buildings in the 1950s photo above are still there, but they are now dwarfed by the skyline surrounding them. That old historic density is still in place.
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