Animated Visualization of Urban Change 1930-2009

Two global movements transform local Phoenix space

This animation shows changes in a central Phoenix area from 1930-2009. Its source is a series of Maricopa County interactive historical aerial photos dating to the 1930s, available online. The sequence stunningly reveals first the appearance and then the disappearance of the residential built environment. In this site, located slightly northeast of Sky Harbor Airport, we see the emergence of the Golden Gate Barrio community and its subsequent erasure by a major freeway and the city's designation of a Foreign Trade Zone.  Read more about this...


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