Normally on this blog you won't see me choose steel and glass new construction over old buildings, but in this case...WOW. Downtown Richmond was a sea of parking lots and pavement in 1975...2011 is a vast improvement--with the exception of the no longer standing Imperial Tobacco building to the left in the top picture. More on that in a later post.
1975...Click the photo for the high resolution image.
Here's the same shot in 2011, over 35 years later. Click the photo for the high resolution image:
Top photo courtesy of VCU Libraries