Nothing ever stays the same, but sometimes it's hard to keep track of progress. Bored Panda compiled before-and-after photos of some major world cities to show you just how much progress these cities actually made.




Shanghai, China

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While very little seems to have changed on one side of Shanghai, the other side has had a major structural escalation that's simply jaw dropping.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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In the '20s, Kuala Lumpur looked a lot more like a warehouse district. Who could have imagined that 96 years later it would become such an impressive metropolis?

Macau, China

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In 1964, Macau was under Portuguese territory. It may have looked quaint, but it was still lovely. Today, Macau is under Chinese rule again. But with the exception of a handful of tall buildings, some would argue that progress has stalled in the last 52 years.

Toronto, Canada

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In the 1930s, Toronto was far more provincial than today's counterpart. Now it's so modern and beautiful, you could literally use the skyline on a postcard.

Long Beach, California

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In 1953, Long Beach seemed a lot less crowded. Today, the marina is impressive and covers a really large portion of the ocean you can barely see in this picture.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Even in its early days, it showed potential for the grand paradise island that it would eventually become. Today, the skyline is full of luxurious buildings and this man-made island has become one of the world's most beautiful gems. The change was drastic in a period of nearly 11 years.

Chicago, Illinois

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The Chicago of 1937 had a lot of railways, which were replaced with a lot more parks. Looks like Chicago went a little greener. Also, Chicago residents seem to have plenty of cash to buy yachts.

New York City, New York

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In 1962, New York was full of middle class people. Today, it's full of rich and poor people. The skyline has gotten bigger, and of course, there's the Freedom Tower. One thing that hasn't changed is the smog, there's still plenty of it looming over the city.

Istanbul, Turkey

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Well, the boats have certainly changed over the last 111 years. For the most part, it seems that this city has remained untouched by time. It would have been a shame if skyscrapers dwarfed the other buildings in the city.

Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne has certainly become more industrialized in the last 96 years. There's a stadium, more skyscrapers, and a better marina. Melbourne has gone through a truly beautiful transformation, turning it into one highly coveted tourist destination.