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When we look at towering skyscrapers, we usually enjoy how majestic they make the skyline look. But every structure casts a shadow.

The subreddit 'Urban Hell' is a place where modern concrete jungles are called out for all the chaos and disarray that they entail.

Created back in 2013, this online community now has 1.2 million members, who are regularly sharing pictures of buildings and cities that suggest we're already living in a dystopia.

Whether it's the dirty slums against the shiny downtown in the background, abandoned stadiums, or packed streets under neon lights, is this really the best we humans can do?

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Light Pollution From Train Line Over Old Houses In China

Light Pollution From Train Line Over Old Houses In China

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Hong Kong, Enough Said

Hong Kong, Enough Said

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, if you have a large amount of people and limitid surface area, up is the only way to go. It's hideous, but I can't think of an alternative that doesn't involve forcibly removing people.

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According to Yan Liu, a professor of geographical information science at the University of Queensland, and Rachel Gallagher, a Ph.D. candidate at the same institution, zoning has been the key tool used by urban planners to influence how our cities grow and change for almost a century.

"Contemporary zoning truly developed after the Second World War," the researchers wrote. "A combination of large real estate interests and the emerging field of urban planning created low-density, car-centric suburbs."

Urban plans called for standardized subdivisions and land uses, and engineering of streets and infrastructure.

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Balcony Facade Of A Famous Hotel In Thailand

Balcony Facade Of A Famous Hotel In Thailand

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Satellite View Of New Delhi (A City Of Some 20 Million People)

Satellite View Of New Delhi (A City Of Some 20 Million People)

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Urban development was largely characterized by detached houses in residential suburbs, while large road networks separated these suburbs from commercial and industrial areas of the city.

However, in the late 1980s, many cities began to introduce planning mechanisms to restrict outward expansion. Changes in zoning allowed for increased density and a mix of land uses—the aim was to encourage redevelopment of existing urban areas.

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Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

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Egyptian Times Square, Cairo, Egypt

Egyptian Times Square, Cairo, Egypt

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Istanbul Traffic

Istanbul Traffic

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, that bridge is the most important transport link between Europe and Asia, no wonder it's busy.

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Yet, as cities become denser and the traditional suburban "house and garden" is redeveloped, buildings are replacing trees, and settlements become grayer.

Replacing an existing home with a larger house or with several townhouses typically results in all existing vegetation being stripped from the site.

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The Other-Side Of Rio De Janeiro

The Other-Side Of Rio De Janeiro

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"I live in the favela, I believe we can change it for the better" - heard this back in 2014 during the World Cup in Brazil. Loved it.

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Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not all is lost. Second picture is the Ransom Gillis Mansion. Believe it or not, this one is saved! See what is looks like now. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransom_Gillis_House

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Mumbai Water Pipes With Garbage And Slums, Those Pipes Supply Water To Localities With Apartment Rates Exceeding A Million Dollar For 3bhk In Bandra, Santacruz

Mumbai Water Pipes With Garbage And Slums, Those Pipes Supply Water To Localities With Apartment Rates Exceeding A Million Dollar For 3bhk In Bandra, Santacruz

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Compact city land-use policies and urban forest policies need to work together to ensure that there could be both high-quality built environments and extensive tree cover.

Experts argue that cities urgently need more strategic identification of small and large lots that are suitable for more intensified development, particularly to reduce the need for the widespread low-level consolidation that threatens tree cover.

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Once Upon A Time, These Houses Have A Sea View, Now They Have This View

Once Upon A Time, These Houses Have A Sea View, Now They Have This View

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Interestingly enough, there are probably another row of houses behind these ones that were all pissed off when the smaller red-roofed buildings were built too. This is why local government zoning rules need to be in concrete and not influenced by developers throwing huge amounts of money at them.

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Hong Kong Apartments

Hong Kong Apartments

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Burlington Beach, Ontario

Burlington Beach, Ontario

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At the same time, land-use regulation should ensure that both low-yield and higher-density redevelopment maintain the contribution of private land to the urban forest. Existing and new approaches to achieving this outcome need to be considered, whether that's done through local rules, government programs, or incentive schemes.

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Small City In China

Small City In China

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The interesting thing for me, is that even with all those buildings there is a ton of green in the picture. Far more than you'd get in most cities.

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Mansion Under Bay Bridge In San Fransisco, Ca

Mansion Under Bay Bridge In San Fransisco, Ca

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Merry Christmas Sign On A Blast Furnace At Brazil

Merry Christmas Sign On A Blast Furnace At Brazil

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Rapid urban consolidation can change urban landscapes significantly over the next few decades, and the right decisions need to be made to ensure we don't end up with more "urban hell," which can be further explored in our previous publications on the subreddit here and here.

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Tokyo From Skytree

Tokyo From Skytree

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tokyo is both fascinating and nightmarish. I would really like to visit this city, but living there must be hell.

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Kindergarten In One Of The Settlements Near Vorkuta

Kindergarten In One Of The Settlements Near Vorkuta

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Vorkuta, town in Russia. "Vorkuta became one of the most well known Gulags, it gained a reputation of being one of the worst in the Soviet Union. About 2 Million Prisoners had gone to Vorkutlag from 1932 until the closure in 1962, the amount of deaths in the camp were estimated to be 200,000" - Wikipedia

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#25

Early Powerline Setups - When Thousands Of Cables Filled The Sky

Early Powerline Setups - When Thousands Of Cables Filled The Sky

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View From My Hotel In Downtown Naples, Italy

View From My Hotel In Downtown Naples, Italy

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Vedi Napoli e poi muori" used to mean after seeing Naples you will never see anything more beautiful, until your dying day. Nowadays, not so much.

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Sigh... Parking Lots

Sigh... Parking Lots

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A Normal Day In Kowloon 20 Years Ago

A Normal Day In Kowloon 20 Years Ago

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State University Of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

State University Of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brutalism. Love it or hate it, no third option. I kinda live it when there's not too much of it.

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Imagine Using This Picture To Advertise Your City

Imagine Using This Picture To Advertise Your City

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did the building go up before or after the freeway though? I can't comment on LA but there are some fairly major highways here that had no homes near them 20 years ago, but now they're building housing estates up to the highway boundaries. If someone chooses to develop the land and people buy the houses you can't blame the highway since it already existed.

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Slums In Jakarta, Indonesia

Slums In Jakarta, Indonesia

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7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Didn't expect for Jakarta to look like this, I thought it's a great and beautiful country (I even live in Indonesia)

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Real Estate Boom In Newtown, India

Real Estate Boom In Newtown, India

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