Some of the world’s most iconic skylines are photographed so often that it’s almost impossible to imagine them looking any different than they do now. But even New York City, Hong Kong and London have been altered over the decades. The changes were spurred by economic success (or lack thereof), major historic events, population growth or shifting cultures.
For some places, the “then” in the “then and now” equation was only a few decades ago. Many of London’s most visible modern landmarks, for example, are less than 20 years old. Other places have a mixture of buildings, creating an architectural timeline that offers a visual story of the city’s history.
Here are 10 cities where you can see dramatic differences and surprisingly similarities between “then” and “now.”
After the Civil War decimated the area, Atlanta developed into a major city during the Reconstruction era. One of the city’s main corridors, Peachtree Street, has been a commercial area and a place of urban development since these early days. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Atlanta experienced a building boom that gave the city a modern, urban edge. Seven of the eight tallest buildings in the city were built during this time.
The two tallest suburban buildings in the country, both part of the Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs, are located within metro Atlanta. Despite the building boom in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Atlanta’s Downtown still has some impressive historic buildings including the Flatiron Building, constructed in the 1890s, and the Hurt Building, completed in the 1920s.