Exploring the evolution of a neighborhood


I’ve written here about New York’s evolution, but neighborhoods all around the world inevitably change and evolve with the communities, with people and businesses coming and going. A new feature from Google’s Street View lets you see the changes that have occurred in a neighborhood by comparing pictures from various time periods.

The feature lets you compare photos side by side, and the software will even adjust the pictures a bit due to things like construction, natural disasters (which, in the case of things like earthquakes, could cause the ground to move) and subtle differences in where and how the photos were shot. Some neighborhoods will have more frequent photos than others, based on how often the car came through; not all pictures may be presented, either, to keep it from becoming unwieldy. That said, it’s a cool way to see how a neighborhood evolves over time.


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