The Atlanta Beltline folks have done an outstanding job transforming an abandoned rail corridor into an urban amenity. The East Side Trail‘s corridor retains a fair amount of its industrial and commercial landscape legibility. In addition to the rehabilitated brick buildings that punctuate its length, there is the landmark former Sears and Roebuck building and a couple of surviving railroad bridges.
These Instragram shots are eye candy for the industrial history enthusiast.
© 2013 D.S. Rotenstein
Over the past three years this site has changed platforms once and servers twice. It also has gone through some growing pains, false starts, and wrong turns. When I migrated the blog from WordPress.com there were some formatting errors that occurred in the earlier telecommunications history posts (embedded media not rendering correctly, etc.). Also, because of changes in Google Maps plugins over time, some of the embedded maps in older posts were broken.
After a couple of weeks of repair work, all of the graphics and other embedded media in the Western Union microwave network series appear to have been restored. The site has a new brick background —Catskill brick pavers from Savannah, Ga. — and better optimized photos. Gone are many of the posts that detoured from the site’s purpose: telling stories about the past. They diminished the site’s integrity and were a distraction from what I set out to achieve with this site.
New posts on the way cover recent past resources in the Washington suburbs and some fun ways to combine music with oral history. Future posts will be shorter and mainly will provide introductions and complementary information for blog posts and articles published elsewhere in edited sites, like the recent piece on a Southern poet’s home, and e-journals.