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The Ghosts of New York City's Expressway System

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While this blog is about New York City, I preface it with how I came to have an interest in the Interstate Highway System. As a child growing up outside of Chicago, I lived by two interstates, I-55 and I-355. I knew they had to be related somehow; what are the odds that roads with such similar numbers intersected by accident? I thankfully found out all one would need to know about the Interstate Highway System and US Routes in general from late-90's and early 00's websites like AARoads.com , Kurumi's 3-digit interstates page , and the International House of ZZYZX . Each had some very highly detailed information on what I was looking for, and would be the catalyst into the beginnings of my roadgeekery. Indeed, I-355 was a child interstate of I-55, in that it spurred off from 55 in a much shorter route than its parent. I was further interested in roads that were proposed, but never built, such as Chicago's Crosstown Expy , as well as completely decommissioned routes.

How to Find, Trace and Share Abandoned Railroad Corridors

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My Google Map of abandoned railroad corridors across the world has gotten a ton of views and support from people across all sorts of interests and knowledge bases. For that, I thank you. But I never really explained how  I came to find all of these lines. So with that in mind, today's blog is going to go over how to use Google My Maps to create your own maps for people to find and view and criticize. Step 1)  Use an online satellite map to find rights-of-way. These are extremely easy to find, as they’re pretty much everywhere. See? My map uses the Google My Maps UI. MapHub is another tool you can use, although I personally find Google My Maps easier to use. This tutorial is going to use My Maps and some tools I find useful for finding railroad lines, both visible and invisible. For the tutorial, we're going to trace a line on Google My Maps. From the Google My Maps page, on the top left, clicking on the menu will allow you to select "Create a New Map&

Railroad Scarchitecture: 15 Hidden Pieces of Transportation History in the 15 Largest US Cities

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Scarchitecture , is a combination of the word scar and architecture, which refers to the remnants of former roads and railways hidden in today's cities, most easily identified in satellite imagery, thanks to the magic of Google Maps . I've already discussed examples in both Chicago and it's suburbs . For today's blog, we're going all across the US in search of other examples of scarchitecture left behind by the days of railroading in major cities. Keep in mind that there are usually many examples of scarchitecture in cities both large and small, and I'm only going to show one for each city, so go and search for others yourself, and let me know in the comments of any interesting examples you find! 1) New York City - Lansing Ave & Edgewood Ave in Queens (40.66426, -73.7475) There are dozens of examples of scarchitecture in the Big Apple, and this one is of the most visually striking, given the grid system that exists to the southwest of here. Lansi