2 videos capture a drive through the same neighbourhood 33 years apart in Mississauga
Published August 30, 2023 at 3:26 pm
Two videos posted side-by-side on YouTube show how much one Mississauga neighbourhood has changed in 33 years.
The videos show the same drive through a Meadowvale neighbourhood near Copenhagen and Derry roads. One video is from 1990 and the other was taken on July 4, 2023.
It’s not clear where the original 1990 video comes from — attempts to contact the poster were not successful.
But the side-by-side comparison shows how the city has changed.
The route starts on Cadiz Crescent, and then the driver turns left onto Copenhagen Road, right onto Derry Road, and right onto Winston Churchill Boulevard where the driver then merges onto Highway 401 east, then exits to turn right onto Mississauga Road. Finally, the driver turns right onto Argentia Road and returns back to Copenhagen via Derry Road.
The whole video is nearly nine minutes long.
The first thing you might notice is how the vehicle models have changed. Then, there is just way more traffic in the modern video. In 1990, the driver had nearly an open road in the beginning of the video. The poster said parts had to be sped up for consistency.
Then there are housing developments on Derry Road where there once were trees and open space. There is also fencing and sound barrier walls in 2023. But many of the trees are still there and look much fuller.
On Winston Churchill Boulevard construction and roadwork were happening in 1990. The drive seems a bit bumpier. Parts of Winston Churchill appear much more rural back in 1990.
When the drivers merge onto Highway 401, you can immediately see buildings including the Purolator head office that wasn’t there in 1990. There are also large overhead signs on the highway and more transport trucks.
As the drive continues, there are more buildings and generally more development, as you would expect, in 2023.
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