Google Earth 1949

Yesterday we featured 1999 satellite images of sites of current MVT new construction buildings. Overwhelmingly the sites were occupied by massive surface parking lots. That was not always the case.

click to enlarge; 1949 image from Google Earth

Above is a low-res 1949 satellite aerial image of the Triangle that pre-dated the construction of I-395. While the black and white image very grainy you can see the land use included tightly packed buildings with absolutely no large parking lots.

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    dino says

    It had to be said:

    The 1949 photo not only predates the construction of 395, it also predates satellites by a good seven years. Probably an aerial photograph, instead.

    Still, fun picture, no?