Regardless of the severity of the damage, a city rarely stays destroyed—even Chernobyl will be resettled eventually. And if these 12 reconstructed urban landscapes are any example, when it does get rebuilt, you'll want to double check the address.
Just as fucking desolate as you'd expect.
Just don't drink the water. Oh, wait, that's Tijuana.
Paghman Gardens, Kabul Afghanistan taken 40 years apart. We imagine that Afghanistan was always a barren and oppressive tribal culture, but as this image shows, war after war has turned back the clock.
Although this is the only image that is imaginary, it is wonderfully descriptive of what a difference a walk down Broadway when it was an Indian trail, might have been like.
Neon is the duct tape of lighting solutions.
This is the only image we haven't included a comparison, to encourage you to click through to see this remarkable image in full.
Whether Dubai will eventually return to the empty sand that surrounds it, is something that isn't out of the question now. Still its amazing to think that there isn't a skyscraper in NY that would come in the top ten highest, planned for the Arabian peninsula.