Twin Cities: What's new is old again
See also:Slideshow: Photos of the project in-progress and in real world context
Our new interactive web project, What's New is Old Again, highlights changes in various Twin Cities locales over time.The project was inspired by a similar one by Abraham Garcia, who works for Houston Press, one of our sister papers. Garcia's photos are precisely placed smack-dab in context like an awesome "Wayback Machine" window.
We ordered vintage postcards from the Minnesota Historical Society, then went out in search of the modern-day locations. Sometimes the scene was surprising, as whole blocks have changed and greenery has grown up.
Some of the biggest challenges concerned the passage of time itself. Many of these places -- even streets -- don't exist anymore, so further investigation was required. At some locations, we only had an intersection, not an exact address; were we facing the wrong direction? Various obstructions made some scenes impossible to recreate exactly, unless one were to rent a boat or helicopter.
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Our project allows you to hover over the images and toggle between the old and new scenes. Give it a try!