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1987 Charlotte vs. 2007 Charlotte

Posted on 24 Apr 2009 by Justin Ruckman


I used one of the images from the post a couple days ago and compared it with a Google Earth 3D shot as best as I could position it. The satellite and 3D models Google Earth have are still a little outdated: no sight of the Duke Energy Center or the Southend I-277 realignment anywhere. That means you’re looking at a pre-recession uptown here, folks. Those were the days.

See also: October 1986 vs. March 2008 in video.


  1. Ken 24 Apr 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Wow. Nice post. Really makes you realize how much 277 breaks up the city. How about an article on how 277 came to be? How long did it take to make it happen, how they were able to acquire the necessary land and what if any major institutions put up a fight? And what is the future of 277? I saw a post on here about a proposed cap on the southern side of 277. Is that still in the works?