See How Your Pittsburgh Neighborhood Has Grown in 30 Years

Google's Timelapse tool allows you to zoom in on your neighborhood in 1985 and, in just 30 seconds, see how much it has changed in 30 years.

In 1985, Pittsburgh was just two years removed from the official collapse of the steel industry and the era of eds and meds was in its infancy. Thirty years later, the region's economy, while not perfect, is greatly improved. Using Google Timelapse app, you can actually see how much the city's footprint has evolved over the past three decades. For instance, here's a satellite image of the north shore. Watch as Three Rivers Stadium disappears and is replaced by Heinz Field and PNC Park.

Here's a look over Pittsburgh International airport, where the planning was just beginning in 1985 for the new midfield terminal.

Using the tools on the top right and left of the screen, you can search your neighborhood by name or zip code, explore thousands of locations worldwide and zoom in and out of any one of them.  At the bottom left, you can control the speed of the time-lapse. 

The Google Timelapse animations were made possible by technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab.

Pretty slick.


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