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Since the end of its war with Iraq, Iran's capital has changed from a fearful place to a booming metropolis

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Iranians walk in a corridor of the main old Bazaar of Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

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A mom and her two daughters stand on a street corner in Jolfa, where young people spend their afternoons socializing in public.

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Ranaa and her mom shop at a flea market. With the rising prices and inflation, shopping has become harder, even for those from wealthier families.

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Parmida and her mother wait for a play to start at Khaneye Honarmandan Theatre. Going to plays and movies is very popular in Iran, since young people can socialize there without much harassment.

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Looking over the city from Baam-e-Tehran ('the roof of Tehran') on a hazy afternoon.

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Iranian youth spend time in an art park.

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