Raleigh Development History Revealed
The data visualization shown was created by Lift Aerial using City of Raleigh and Wake County open-source GIS Data. The parcel data was sorted by the date of original development, which reveals a number of historical and temporal patterns over the city's lifespan.
The map above shows Raleigh (Inside the Beltline). The blue tones indicate parcel development prior to 1950, with the darkest blue shade indicating development prior to 1910. Gray shades indicate post-war development, with the lightest shade indicating development after 1975 (large parcels like NCSU left blank for clarity). One can easily identify Raleigh's historic core, as well as it's well-preserved turn-of-the-century neighborhoods of Oakwood and Boylan Heights adjacent to Downtown. The neighborhoods of Five Points and Cameron Park to the northwest of Downtown developed soon thereafter. It is also interesting to see the historical fragrmentation of Raleigh's other vital neighborhoods in South Park and East Raleigh. Similar to other Southeastern cities, a macro-level context reveals the scale of rapid suburbanization over the past half century.
*Parcel data only partially tells the historical story and is only accurate at a large scale. Tying historical data to building footprint GIS data can paint a more valid portrait of a city's history at the neighborhood level, as Justin Palmer recently did for the City of Portland. While the City of Raleigh and Wake County have some of the best open-source urban data in the country, this small added detail would be a welcome addition.
Jordan Petersen, LEED AP
Founder, Lift Aerial Marketing
Site Designer, ColeJenest & Stone