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These photos reveal just how rapidly the world is changing

If you’ve ever marveled at the incredible pace of this growing world, you’re in good company. Just years ago, in fact 20 or 30 years, some cities were still arid deserts and more countryish than city. For instance, in 1990, UAE’s Dubai tall skyscrapers and millionaire’s paradise was nothing but a dream, and a desert. And Shanghai back in the same year looks nothing like it does in 2014, with sky-high buildings and neon signs. These pictures will astound you, and remind you of how imaginative we can be when given just a plot of land and big dreams.

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Tokyo, right after World War II and again in 2014
Tokyo, right after World War II and again in 2014
Shanghai's expansion from 1990 to 2014.
Shanghai’s expansion from 1990 to 2014.
Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1965 to 2005.
Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1965 to 2005.
Long Beach, USA, from 1953 to 2009.
Long Beach, USA, from 1953 to 2009.
Los Angles from 1970 to 2014.
Los Angles from 1970 to 2014.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1990 to 2014.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1990 to 2014.
Athens, Greece from 1860 to 2010.
Athens, Greece from 1860 to 2010.
Hong Kong from 1920 to 2000.
Hong Kong from 1920 to 2000.
Toronto, Canada from 1930 to 2014.
Toronto, Canada from 1930 to 2014.
Sydney, from 1930 to 2014
Sydney, from 1930 to 2014

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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