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Tech Tuesday: Reconstructing ghost neighborhoods

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Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
Ohio State University
This image shows the Hanford Village and Driving Park neighborhoods in 1961. It also shows the modern-day I-70 highway, and the buildings destroyed or relocated for its construction, highlighted in red.

The National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, which created the interstate highway system, also dealt a blow to communities across the nation including Columbus.

Neighborhoods housing African Americans were the hardest hit.

In order to study what was lost, a team of Ohio State University researchers is using 3D technology to recreate the communities of the past.

Today on Tech Tuesday, we are taking a look at what we can learn from the Ghost Neighborhoods of Columbus.


  • Harvey Miller, Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science and Leader of the Ghost Neighborhoods of Columbus Project
  • Geoffrey A. Fowler Technology columnist, Washington Post
  • Russell Holly, Managing Editor for Commerce at CNET

Ghost Neighborhoods of Columbus

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