History, Road Trips

Peeling back the layers of time

This is Michigan Rd. at 86th St., a major Indianapolis intersection.

86th and Michigan

Depending on which way you’re going, this intersection carries seven or eight lanes of traffic. It needs all those lanes; this is the gateway to the Northwestside’s best shopping and many of its employers. This intersection is always busy, but it’s especially so at rush hour. It can be a dangerous place – in 2007 there were 227 accidents here.

It is hard to imagine now just how far out in the boonies this intersection once was. This video, compiled of images from the Indianapolis General Data Viewer, shows you.

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Last updated on 13 March 2020 by Jim Grey

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3 thoughts on “Peeling back the layers of time

  1. Lone Primate says:

    I love stuff like that! What a good idea; I never thought of animating changes like that. I should do that with some of my local aerial shots. Nice!

  2. Scott Palmer says:

    Awesome! Not merely the Flash animation, but the subject matter and the idea of the time-sequence presentation.

    Is Indianapolis better now than it was in 1937? In some ways, undoubtedly. But it’s good to look at how things were. Our history is part of what makes us who we are.

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