When the French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose “ – the more things change, the more they stay the same, he wasn’t talking about Bristol, Google Maps or gentrification. But taking a virtual walk through the city through Google’s street view and turning back the clock to 2008, when the tech giant’s camera cars first hit the UK, it’s hard not to be reminded of the adage.
Bristol has seen many changes recently, and parts of the city have been completely transformed. From the Harbourside to the area around Temple Meads, some streets have barely recognisable. And conversely, some features of the city remain persistently undeveloped, for better or worse.
The Google Map Street View feature, which has records dating back to 2008, allows users to track some of these changes and is the perfect way to while away a few hours in the lull between Christmas and New year. Scroll down the gallery below to see some of the results.