We have mentioned the Atlas of Urban Expansion here at Urban Demographics a while ago. It is an amazing project supported by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy that gathers loads of data for a number of cities across the globe.
Using part of these data, Shlomo Angel and the team at NYU Stern Urbanization Project have recently started working on a new series of great animations showing the expansion of 30 global cities over the last 200 years. Here are the first five cases: São Paulo, Chicago, Paris, London and Los Angeles:
obs. It's a great work and I'm looking forward for the next videos. The only reservation I would make is that these animations can be a bit deceiving as they give the impression of concentric urban expansion.