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Urban Makeovers Documented by Google Street View


We've seen urban decay as captured by Google Street View, but the more uplifting opposite can be documented by Google as well. Pictured here are urban transformations of reinvigorated urban spaces. From dingy driveways to vibrant pedestrian walkways. Unsightly elevated highways creating giant shadows over a neighborhood are cleared out and modernized, leaving sunny environs in their wake.

Quite a satisfying set of before and after shots can be found at Before | After, a collaborative collection of upgraded urban space photographs. This is a worldwide collaboration  currently, there are over 300 submissions from every continent except Antarctica. Check out the entire archive, which is run by São Paulo, Brazil-based urban design studio urb-i, here. Via Gizmodo

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