1. While it made its debut in 2009, VIVID has flourished in the last decade, becoming THE MUST SEE event in Sydney each winter. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @elliescam / Via instagram.com Whatever genius thought, "You know what, we need a tourist event in our coldest and windiest months" — and made it work? I seriously hope you got a pay rise. 2. In 2012, The Grounds of Alexandria opened and literally transformed an industrial area into a magical playground. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @thegrounds / Via instagram.com The Grounds proves that a humble cafe can have a huge cultural impact. Sure it's busy, sure there's no parking, but that's because before it opened — no one came to that area of Sydney! The Grounds is responsible for making Alexandria what it is today. 3. In 2013, the iconic* Sydney monorail was retired. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @viktorberezinchess / Via instagram.com *Yes, I said iconic. I know most people hated it, but I loved the monorail! So futuristic, so suave... it was the coolest mode of transport we ever had. RIP. 4. Then in 2015, construction started on the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail line — which, four years on, is now "testing trams" and confusing the hell out of me. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @rayschani / Via instagram.com Heeeellllooo Mr Tram Driver, your electronic display says you're headed to Circular Quay, but your doors say that you're merely testing. SO WHICH IS IT?! 5. In 2015, Doughnut Time popped up like a lime rash on the cityscape. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @leanekelly1986 / Via instagram.com Do you remember these stores? I got back from a trip overseas and they seemed to be on every bloody block in Sydney. 6. And then in 2018, most of the restaurants closed, leaving haunted lime donut husks staring us in the face as we walked down the city streets. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @nutchaluangaram / Via instagram.com Although the business seems to be bouncing back — with stores in Melbourne and Brisbane still operating. 7. In 2014, Sydney's lockout laws were first introduced. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @sydney_lifestyle_guide / Via instagram.com Sydney lockout laws have been heavily debated since they were introduced and I'm not going to wade into it. On either side of the argument though, you can't deny that they've affected Sydney's social landscape. 8. And then in 2016, a two-year trial of ~relaxed~ lockout laws were introduced, with the removal of them set to be completed in most areas by the end of 2019. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @hansinclair_ / Via instagram.com There's still a lot of debate about if they should be removed in Kings Cross though. 9. In 2016, we said goodbye to the paper, public transport tickets and a big HELLO to the glory of Opal cards. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @wanderlustchris / Via instagram.com Do you remember having to line up to get a WEEKLY pass? And making sure that the pass was for the right ~zone~ and having them STAMPED by the ticket machines like we were HEATHENS?? 10. Then, in 2019, Sydney Trains introduced the concept of using your credit card to tap on and off — making Opal cards effectively useless. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @iyavillania / Via instagram.com But it was fun while it lasted ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. 11. In 2014, UTS opened the first building that started its very obvious ~rejuvenation~ project. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @ezwanshah / Via instagram.com I've got to say, having a giant cheese grater on the skyline really does bring a certain "je ne sais quoi" to the city. 12. In 2015, it followed with the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, also known as the "paper bag building". View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @ejseccombe / Via instagram.com With fabulously stylish UTS buildings popping up like daisies, it's hard to imagine what this street looked like before the make-over. 13. And in 2019, they officially opened UTS Central. We are expecting a wry, self-deprecating nickname to be announced shortly. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @zmeos / Via instagram.com I would like to throw my hat in the ring with The Spaceship. 14. In 2018, The Green Square library opened and showed us all what true beauty looks like. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @nicolepwhui / Via instagram.com Honestly, the library in Beauty and the Beast has nothing on this. 15. In 2016, the Wynyard Walk was completed and it has made every commuter's life SO MUCH EASIER! View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @lkkben / Via instagram.com Before this walk I had to actually go outside — with the rest of Sydney — and waste half my morning waiting for the pedestrian light to change. 16. Between 2016-2017, Barangaroo absolutely exploded —seemingly popping up out of nowhere. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @s_a_m_i_s_o_n_i / Via instagram.com Now with bars, a ferry port, restaurants and a thriving retail and business district, Barangaroo is set to finish construction in 2024. But at least now the business men and women of Sydney have a nice place to frolic on their lunch breaks. 17. And finally, in 2016, the opening of the International Convention Centre that prompted the all round glow-up of Darling Harbour. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @iccsyd / Via instagram.com Darling Harbour is the geeky girl in the rom-com who takes off her glasses and is suddenly hot. Seriously, you can't look help but be in awe of the place as it slowly transformed into its current beauty form.