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Video from the past

Video from the past

Posted on 17 Apr 2008 by Justin Ruckman

I came across these two videos recently: one filmed driving through the city in October 1986, and another taken by the same person following the same route just last month. I could watch this kind of stuff for hours.

October 1986

March 2008


  1. Kreg Steppe 17 Apr 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Holy Cow! That is awesome! I had then synced up for a bit…that is fantastic.

  2. Deanna 17 Apr 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Wow 69 c for regular and 89 c for premium… How things have changed!

  3. Autumn Ruckman 17 Apr 2008 at 1:13 PM

    And remember that we were here then … we moved here in 1984 when you were 3 months old so you were living here then and at the ripe old age of almost 2. And like Deanna … look at those gas prices … wouldn’t that be nice now ???

  4. Autumn Ruckman 17 Apr 2008 at 1:18 PM

    My how the style of the cars have changed … the gas prices have skyrocketed … and Charlotte has really grown and you can still see the construction is still going on.

  5. Mark Wisniewski 17 Apr 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Great video!

    It’s weird (telling) though that there seems to be more people in the street & walking around 22 years ago vs. now that they’ve built up the city. On a related note, there was a Belks Dept store in town…here’s hoping that they bring back more street retail.

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    Jak 17 Apr 2008 at 1:52 PM

    pretty cool. love the fact that journey was playing on the radio as “new” music. i would like to see the aerial shot comparisons of uptown and mecklenburg county as a whole.

  7. Mary 18 Apr 2008 at 9:09 PM

    That was truly cool. Thanks for sharing!

  8. jeremiah 18 Apr 2008 at 9:47 PM

    That was excellent. I wish more people documented things like that. I forgot about the old walkway that connected the Ivey’s building and Belk’s building (now Bank of America Tower).

    Very cool find. Thanks!

  9. Marty 18 Apr 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Aww man, if only he’d caught Thompsons Bootery & Bloomery :)

  10. Alex O'Neill 30 Apr 2008 at 1:16 PM

    I LOVE these videos. Very interesting.