Pre-interstate Atlanta — proof that one existed!
Here’s a sweet 1930s map of Atlanta (click here for larger version).
I can’t tell you how much I enjoy looking at a map of Atlanta where the most prominent features aren’t the interstate highways that subdivide the city with chasms of asphalt (see below).
If you look at the area on the map marked Central District — with the gridded streets of Midtown connecting seamlessly from east to west — it’s hard to not imagine what that landscape might look like today if it wasn’t torn in half by interstates 75/85, on and off ramps, and a buzzilion parking facilities to serve the cars arriving from them.
It’s basically just nice having a reminder, like this old map, that it’s possible for Atlanta’s landscape to be defined by something other than highways that are 16 lanes wide and can be seen from the moon.