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Watch as 32 years of Treasure Valley growth flies by in 4 seconds

Editor’s note: Google’s timelapse viewer may not work on mobile browsers. We suggest viewing this story on a desktop computer.

It’s been a banner year for construction in the Treasure Valley. Crews are building apartments, hotels, corporate headquarters and hospitals. But looking back on the valley over the past few decades? That puts things into perspective.

The population of the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area more than doubled since 1980, from about 280,000 to an estimated 677,000. Here’s how that sustained boom looks, squished into a few seconds:

(Tip: You can get rid of the box in the upper-right hand corner of the picture by clicking on its little arrow.)

Zoom into where you live and work — and toggle the speed to “medium” or “slow.” How has your neighborhood changed since the ‘80s?

We zoomed into a few areas that are beloved by developers. The satellite photos are crawling with activity.

Southeast Boise: It started long before Harris Ranch

Meridian: West Ada spreads out along I-84 and Eagle Road

Nampa: Rural farmland makes way for a growing city

Want a full-screen view? Click here to visit the Google Earth Engine timelapse page for the Boise area.

[Related: NASA highlights Idaho lake in out-of-this-world image]

Audrey Dutton: 208-377-6448, @IDS_Audrey

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