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The Devastating Impact of 30 Years of Sprawl, As Seen From Space


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These GIFs were recorded from Google's "Landsat Annual Time Lapse" tool by Samuel Aston Williams, a young Texas architect. Williams wanted to contribute something new to a startling recent series of showing three decades of human-landscape intervention recently produced by a collaboration of Google, NASA, TIME and others.

Williams' mini-collection of bloating cities touches on many continents, although he clearly has a fondness for the Southern and Southwestern states. "I have always had an interest in the new American urban paradigm as seen in the infill of the Sun Belt," he says. "On a thesis level, the growth/intensity of industrial zones at Sun Belt highway intersections is the most underrated urban trend of the decade."

I'm not really seeing a devastating impact.

Really.

Two words:  Yorba Linda

Wait, are you talking about the GIF's?

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