The Forgettable Southside
1969 vs. 2016

SCANNED MEDIA: 9.5" x 9.5" Glass Plate Positive

The 'Southside' we want to forget

The 1969 image was scanned from a single 9.5” x 9.5” diapositive glass plate by Jonathan Trundle. This represents some of the last known commercial use of glass plates, which ensured a stable media for stereoplotting, aerotriangulation, point measurement, and other photogrammetric operations before GPS and digital tools. Another example is viewable here.

Southside, once the urban center of industry in Chattanooga, came to be known for its abandoned warehouses and old buildings during the mid-20th century. Today, revitalization has filled the neighborhood with the art, culture, cuisine and entertainment that has come to define the city. With the 50+ businesses that pepper the neighborhood as proof, this once-desolate area is experiencing a second life.
Source: Chattanooga’s Southside: A Southern Neighborhood Spotlight -

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(Below) Projects like 'Main Terrain' transformed former abandoned railroad tracks into public spaces and art.