The world is constantly changing.
Though we may accept progress as something natural and always-occurring, it’s easy to forget that we are living through an ongoing technological revolution unprecedented in the course of human history.
Without a doubt, the 20th century had to have been the 100 years in which mankind brought about and witnessed the most change. Though it all started with the Industrial Revolution a century beforehand, both peacetime and wartime advancements from 1900 to 2000 were unlike anything the world had ever seen. And while so much of Europe and Asia were decimated by these wars, new technology allowed us to build up our cities bigger, taller, and better than ever before.
Check out these incredible before and after of some of the world’s most famous cities. You won’t believe the change these people have been through in their lifetime! Do they even recognize their hometowns?
New York City — 1962
New York has long had impressive skyscrapers, but in the past few decades, things have really taken a turn skyward.
New York City — Present Day
Even after losing the Twin Towers, the New York City continues to grow ever taller, ever stronger, showing the resilience of its people to all the world.
Los Angeles — 1940
Can you believe that this is what LA looked like just over 70 years ago? Now it’s the second-largest city in the country… Take a look!