View Historical Tampa in a larger map
I have over 100 entries on my map representing demolished buildings, infrastructure, neighborhoods or landscape features. Around the time I started this I heard of interactive maps others were creating across the country. One of my favorite applications was created for the City of Philadelphia's picture archives. Philadelphia has gone through most of the salvageable pictures in their collection, scanned them and mapped them. You can visit PhillyHistory.org and visit places like the old Moyamensing Prison or see what Broad Street looked like 50 years ago:
I would love to see something similar created for Tampa. A few years ago the University of Florida had started the "Ephemeral Cities" program where they would take various pictures and objects from 1880-1920 from their archives and archives of the cities of Tampa, Gainesville and Key West and map them against scans of old Sandborn Maps. Sadly I have never seen the application function. However I am excited about a new project that is starting at USF , spearheaded by Prof. Trent Green and many of his students at the School of Architecture. With the recent discovery of most of the drawings from M. Leo Elliot, Prof. Green and his students will be scanning in the drawings and recreate many of the buildings on the computer in 3D. Using their application anyone will be able to view both the exterior and interior of say the exquisite Tampa Gas Company building that was torn down in 1993, along with the First National Bank Building, in one of the worst blunders in Tampa preservation history.