Google timelapse shows growth of Twin Cities over last 30 years [IMAGE]

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Using Landsat satellite images, Google has published a timelapse showing the growth of the Twin Cities metro core from 1984 through last year.

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One interesting detail is that you can clearly see the path of the 2011 north Minneapolis tornado in the satellite image from that year. Another development depicted by the timelapse is the rapid growth of the Twin Cities' urban core over the past three decades.

Without further ado, here it is (for a larger version on Google's Earth Engine, click here):



h/t -- Eric Roper

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Aaron Dahle
Aaron Dahle

Be cool if they'd let us zoom a little closer and actually see something. Fail!

Jon Rowlison
Jon Rowlison

I like the image above, but even on tightest zoom the picture is not very easy to see anything in it.

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

Too bad it doesn't show all the crime and degradation gangs have brought to the Twin Cities over the last 30 years. From 1979 to no later than 1985, Minneapolis was a super pleasant carefree city

dlsith23
dlsith23

What's going on with Lake Calhoun in 1997?


Marc Allen Headrick
Marc Allen Headrick

Seeing the tornado path in the North Metro makes a huge presence during the time-lapse.

oZ__
oZ__

@Rick Miller Really? The news sources of the era don't paint that picture at all, but then again, if you only read headlines and don't go downtown, you'd think it was a cesspool of crime and decadence down there.

Minneapolis is a super-pleasant, carefree city as far as cities go, especially if you compare it to other cities of the same size. There are issues, and there are pockets that may come off weird, but I don't think there's anywhere quite like it. Furthermore, if you compare Minneapolis of 2013 to Minneapolis of, say, 1996, it's a completely new world.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Rick Miller  It still is - compared to a lot of other places.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@keny1 What do mean? Trailer park white folks?

olso6311
olso6311

@keny1 @oZ__  Are you kidding me? Basically zero crime in the 60's?  Are you familiar with Minnesota history at all?

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