13 Amazing Cities That Have Changed Drastically Over the Years

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Thirteen amazing cities that have changed a lot over the years

The number of people living in cities has grown quickly, from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014. It sounds really quick! But as the number of people in our towns has grown, so have their looks. Some places look so different now that we hardly recognise them from old pictures.
We at Bright Side are amazed at how these towns have changed over time and want to show you some pictures of them.

1. Dubai in 1964 and now

Dubai has undergone an astonishing transformation from a humble trading port in 1964 to a modern metropolis boasting futuristic skyscrapers. Today, it stands as a global hub for business, tourism, and innovation.

2. Avenida Nueve de Julio in Buenos Aires in 1937 and now

Once a bustling avenue in 1937, Avenida Nueve de Julio has evolved into one of the widest boulevards in the world, flanked by iconic landmarks and vibrant cultural attractions, reflecting the city’s growth and dynamism.

3. The Moscow River in the 19th century and now

From its tranquil appearance in the 19th century, the Moscow River has become the lifeline of Russia’s capital, bustling with activity and lined with architectural marvels, symbolizing Moscow’s evolution into a modern metropolis.

4. Hyderabad in India in the 1880s and now

From its regal splendor in the 1880s, Hyderabad has transformed into a bustling IT hub while retaining its rich cultural heritage. The city’s skyline is now dotted with gleaming skyscrapers, reflecting its emergence as a major economic center.

5. Chicago in 1838 and now

Once a modest frontier town in 1838, Chicago has blossomed into a vibrant metropolis renowned for its architectural marvels, cultural diversity, and thriving economy, solidifying its status as one of America’s great cities.

6. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur in the 1900s and now

From its colonial-era elegance in the 1900s, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building remains a prominent landmark in Kuala Lumpur, juxtaposed against the city’s modern skyline, symbolizing Malaysia’s journey towards progress and development.

7. The view from Galata Tower in Istanbul in the 1870s and now

From offering panoramic views of Istanbul in the 1870s, Galata Tower still stands tall, providing breathtaking vistas of the city’s iconic skyline, blending the old and the new in a seamless tapestry of history and modernity.

8. Downtown Los Angeles in 1994 and now

Once marred by urban decay in 1994, Downtown Los Angeles has undergone a remarkable revitalization, with gleaming skyscrapers, cultural attractions, and a vibrant nightlife scene, reclaiming its status as the heart of the city.

9. Neftchiler Avenue in Baku in the 1920s and now

Once a bustling waterway in the 1920s, Suzhou Creek has been revitalized, with modern developments lining its banks, reflecting Shanghai’s metamorphosis into a global financial powerhouse while preserving its historical charm.

10. Suzhou Creek in Shanghai around 1920 and now

From a focal point of Armenian culture and identity in 1916, Republic Square remains a vibrant hub of activity in Yerevan, surrounded by architectural landmarks and bustling with locals and tourists, embodying the resilience and spirit of the Armenian people.

11. The Republic Square in Yerevan in 1916 and now


From a modest trading post in 1822, Bangkok has evolved into a bustling metropolis, characterized by towering skyscrapers, bustling markets, and vibrant street life, while still retaining its rich cultural heritage and traditions.

12. View of Bangkok in 1822 and now

From a bustling urban landscape in 1873, Manhattan has transformed into the epitome of the modern cityscape, with iconic skyscrapers dominating the skyline and The Brooklyn Bridge standing as a timeless symbol of engineering prowess and architectural splendor.

13. Manhattan with The Brooklyn Bridge on the right in 1873 and now

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