Mapping Raleigh's Family Ties: How Historic Landowners Shaped Today's City.
DIY Cartography has identified mapping as a synthetic, analytical and formative research tool. Critical mapping is a valuable tool used to reveal the rich history of a place.
This mapping series explores the history of Raleigh, NC through a social lens. By isolating the social aspects of Raleigh's history, a rich narrative of the influence of original landowners is uncovered to reveal hidden truths and meaning in Raleigh's family ties. Through spatio-temporal maps, influential property owners are identified and their influence on the growth and developemnt of Wake County is illuminated; the relational map analyzes the flow of wealth and property through these founding famileis' descendantes; and lastly, the experiential maps explore a specific neighborhood that is directly related to these influential families and how it has been shaped and preserved because of such associations.