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Google Maps users have been taking a trip back in time, and are shocked to see just how much some of the biggest cities in the UK and the US have changed over the decades.
While some places have survived, others have moved out, and new skyscrapers have moved in.
If you visit Google Street View on a desktop, there's the option to go back in time by clicking on the timer tool in the top left corner of the screen.
Take a look in the images below.
In the images below, you can see London Bridge before and after The Shard was built. The last Google Street View images without the famous skyscraper were taken in 2009.
Construction of The Shard started in March 2009 and it was completed in February 2013. So technically, The Shard was there in the screenshot below from 2009, it just wasn't tall enough to be seen.
You can see the first images of the building in 2012 Google Street View snapshots.
This road in Birmingham city centre is unrecognisable now compared to July 2009, before Grand Central was built.
Chicago has had some new skyscrapers added to its skyline since August 2007. This spot on a bridge along the River Walk in the city shows the difference between 2007 and 2021.
You can also see how image quality in the Google cameras has improved over the decades.
In August 2008, the site where Media City, Manchester now sits was just a building site. Take a look at the difference between 2008 and November 2020 below.
Surprisingly, not much has changed in Time Square, New York over the last decade.
But it's interesting to see how crowded it was just before the pandemic in 2019, and just as travel restrictions began easing in June 2021.