Past and Present: Photos That Show the Speed of Development in Famous Cities


Posted by Lianne

According to National Geographic, since the 1950s, there has been an incredible, dramatic demographic shift with the number of people living in cities.

Large cities in developed or developing countries are growing much faster than expected. Populations continue to rise at a fast rate.

A Christian Science Monitor article written two years ago stated a prediction that by the year 2050, about 70 percent of the world’s estimated 10 billion people will live in urban areas. As that prediction comes into fulfillment, the urbanization process in various countries continue to push more and more people to live in urban areas.

Photos have captured this dramatic change in the landscape of the cities. With more and more people moving into the cities, more and more employment opportunities become present there and this means more infrastructure developments.

Take a trip through time and see how the megacities we know today looked like before and see how much has changed.

Singapore – 1988 and 2007

Photo credit: Forum Skyscraper

Photo credit: Forum Skyscraper

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  • facepalm

    There’s a mistake here guys. That’s a set of pictures of Singapore on page 4

    On page 5, that’s a set of pictures of Shanghai, not New York

    And on page 6, that’s a set of pictures of Doha, Qatar, not Venice

    Page 8, Sydney, Australia. Not Bangkok, Thailand