Sourced through Scoop.it from: maps.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Have you ever wondered what your neighborhood used to look like, what the area around your house looked like 30-40 years ago?
I was discussing with a friend how much Torbay has changed. Long Bay Beach used to have batches on it, now they have all been removed, but the farmland behind it is being built up faster than the bang of the auctioneers gavel.
I used to work for the company that did the aerial photography for North Shore Council before it became amalgamated into the super city and we also owned the White’s Aviation Library, which has a million or more historic photos of pretty much every location and historic event in the country (now owned by the Alexander Turnbull Library. It was interesting looking at my old house in Glenfield, or at least where it was built. It’s not that many decades ago that it was just farmland, pasture with one big tree as a feature.
Anyway I was told about the Auckland Council GIS Viewer. I knew it existed, I’ve used it in the past, but what I didn’t know is that they have a slider bar which allows you to view the area you are interested in, such as centered on your home and see what it looked like from 1940 to 2010. Hopefully 2015-16 will magically appear soon, because some of the greatest changes have happened in that time.
If you’re not in Auckland, I don’t know if there are equivalents for your area, but I sure found it fascinating.