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Using WPA Archival Data to Examine Historic Land Use in Miami-Dade County

Short-term project
Start date: 01-Jan-2008          End date:
Contact person: Laura A. Ogden

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Working with Miami-Dade County, Dept. of Planning and Zoning, FCE researchers are preserving the first land surveys of the county, conducted by the federal Works Projects Administration (WPA) during the 1930s. The WPA was a federal program under the New Deal during the Great Depression. This archive includes hand-written surveys for each property in Miami-Dade County and describes land use, property characteristics, soil information, and demographic information for home and homeowners. FCE researchers have scanned this archive so that it can be geo-referenced into our GIS parcel layers. We anticipate this archive will provide a critical baseline for our understandings of land use change and an important contribution to our overall understandings of the region's history and growth.

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