A new Google timelapse feature shows how different parts of the globe have changed over the last 32 years. Here’s a look at Lakeland, focusing on the rapid growth west of the city core as construction of the Polk Parkway in the early 1990s fostered residential, commercial and industrial development. Click the arrow in the lower left to see the city change over time – or drag the map to see other areas.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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