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December 03, 2016

Watch how much Philly's changed in 32 years in new timelapse

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04-LoewsHotel_Miazhevich.jpg Anastasiya Miazhevich/for PhillyVoice

Center City skyscrapers as seen from the 33rd floor of the Loews Hotel on Market Street.

Isn't technology great?

Google Earth's Timelapse got a new update Tuesday and it lets the world see, well, how much the world has changed in the last 32 years.

Google launched its timelapse feature in 2013, but the update – which it calls its largest yet – added four years of imagery, more data and crisper pictures from 1984 to 2016. 

The feature, which Google notes is only compatible on a desktop, allows you to type in the name of a city or geographic location and then hit "play" to watch how much the area has evolved.

Check out Philly's changes below or play with the feature on your own here:

Not on a desktop? There's a YouTube video that shows the same change for mobile users.

(h/t Curbed Philly


This article was later updated to add the video showing how Philadelphia's changed for those using mobile devices.