Satellite Images Show How San Francisco Has Changed in the Last 12 Years

Curious to see what the Presidio Parkway looked like in 2001? Or the current Transbay Terminal project site? Here's your chance.

Real estate site Point2Homes has developed a set of very cool slides presenting several San Francisco development projects. By comparing 2013 to 2001 satellite images, people can get a pretty good idea of how much the city has changed in over a decade.

The San Francisco images are part of a wider project Point2Homes has been working on.

"We aim to show how some of the biggest cities in the U.S. have changed in the recent years," said Roxana Baiceanu of Point2Homes. "In places like San Francisco and New York City, folks tend to think that there's hardly any space for large development projects so that's why sometimes change might go unnoticed. Through these aeriel shots we wanted to surface how neighborhoods and cities have transformed over the past few years."

The interactive slides were created using open source JavaScript libraries (available for free on Just mouse over the images to see the changes.

 San Francisco General Hospital

The site of San Francisco’s General Hospital, which is scheduled for completion in 2015. The San Francisco General Hospital is the main public hospital in San Francisco, and the only Level I Trauma Center for the 1.5 million residents of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

Mission Bay Neighborhood

This is the Mission Bay neighborhood, which was created in 1998 by the Board of Supervisors as a redevelopment project. The neighborhood is delimited by Townsend Street on the north, Third Street and San Francisco Bay on the east, Mariposa Street on the south, and 7th Street and Interstate 280 on the west.

The Transbay Terminal

A very compelling before and after image of the site of the Transbay Terminal, which closed on August 7, 2010, to make way for the construction of its replacement facility, the Transbay Transit Center.

Letterman Digital Arts Center

This is the site of the Letterman Digital Arts Center, in the Presidio, before and after it was built. It is the home of Industrial Light and Magic, LucasArts, and Lucasfilm’s marketing, online, and licensing units in 2005.

Presidio Parkway

The Presidio Parkway will be a gateway between the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco. Construction began in 2009 and will be complete in 2016.

All images provided by Point2 Homes.

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