4.2 billion people live in cities worldwide. That's more than half of the population. By 2050, it's projected that more than two-thirds of us will reside in urban areas.

But denser doesn't mean better. This environment can pose a lot of challenges, including noise and air pollution, lack of green spaces, and inadequate transport. And there's a photography subreddit that documents them.

It's called 'Urban Hell' and the people running it say it's dedicated to "all the hideous places human beings built or inhabit." They invite us to go there for aesthetic appreciation of the darker side of the cities, towns, and villages in our world, promising rural and suburban curses as well. So let's do that and take a look at the pictures that have recently popped up within the subreddit.

For more, check out Bored Panda's earlier articles on it here and here.

#1

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Kira Okah
Community Member
7 months ago

The city council don't have the funding to collect it because of the corruption. The situation in Dhaka is sad and horrible.

Geoffers
Community Member
7 months ago

[1/2]Wealth disparity is of course a global issue, you can go to any city in the world and find people living in endless luxury no more than a few minutes away from people sleeping in the gutter, dying from starvation because they don't have the two pennies to buy a spoonful of rice. India takes it to a whole new level though - bribery, greed, corruption, the caste system, indentured servitude, abuse of power, theft - from an outsider's perspective India's worst enemy is India. Modi's government like to make claims of being a "modern" and "developed" nation, even going so far as to say India either is or will soon be a "global superpower", just as the USSR and USA were regarded during the cold war years. To a certain point those claims may seem understandable - there is strong manufacturing and technology industries. There is a powerful tri-service military. They have fission, neutron, and fusion warheads, all home-grown, with the submarines, planes, missiles, and orbital vehicles to

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

Let's not forget that the people who live there are also the people who are dumping all the trash there.

MyOpinionHasBeenServed
Community Member
7 months ago

They have no where to put if the city isn't giving the resources.

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Gabe Hawker
Community Member
7 months ago

This hurts my heart

Lovin' Life
Community Member
7 months ago

This is heartbreaking. No one should ever have to live in these conditions yet many have no choice. Sad.

GoodWolf
Community Member
7 months ago

Imagine the stench :(

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
7 months ago

Rather not thanks

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ravina nimje
Community Member
7 months ago

Most of the poor and developing country have this problem due to corruption and ignorance.

Tassenküchlein168
Community Member
7 months ago

And we in western world think, banning straws is the solution.

bryguy
Community Member
7 months ago

Nobody said it's "the solution" -- but it certainly won't hurt to get rid of one plastic product to start

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Discordant Bluecheese
Community Member
7 months ago

I can smell this picture.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
7 months ago

It smells of death.

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Leighton Corbett
Community Member
7 months ago

To think that the likes of Jeff Bezos can fix this, and many more shituations like this, but decides not to. sad.

Gary Sansom
Community Member
7 months ago

By doing what? Giving the council money to clean it? What would happen to that money? It would be stolen of course! Buy the whole of India perhaps?

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Orionpax75
Community Member
7 months ago

So sad this entire country is F****D!! I saw a doc on HBO about Mumbai can't remember the name...anyway there's a town there like an urban projects it's something like 7K residents but there's only 2-3 toilets!! So they all use the beach to poop and pee. Like millions on minefields of human feces covering the sand and waters. All due to corruption so incredibly sad

Annnnd We’re Officially In Reverse
Community Member
7 months ago

Humans are gross.

Trees
Community Member
7 months ago

Dhaka is on course to be one of the most populated cities in the world by 2030.

Shane S
Community Member
7 months ago

It’s also under direct threat of rising sea levels because I think the city sits below sea level.

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Mokayokok
Community Member
7 months ago

The smell has to be insane.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
7 months ago

And the insects!

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Natalia Allen
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm very grateful for this thread and it's humbling effect.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
7 months ago

Humility is right. Let's fix Earth before we pollute another planet.

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Anonymous
Community Member
7 months ago

When you realize you actually live in Dhaka and still breathing.............

Shortstuff
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

In New Zealand, if a top is left on a bottle in our recycling bins, they won't take it...one top!

𝙸'𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚘𝚋!(new account)
Community Member
7 months ago

alright, who wants to go with me to clean this up? cause this is beyond inhumane. (fr tho, when I turn 18, and have the money to travel, this will be on my list of trips. And I'm gonna get a bunch of trash bags, gloves, a mask ofc, and start cleaning)

SCamp
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh dear god, that is appalling- sorry, I know that sounds judgmental but that is just unforgivable

The Cute Cat
Community Member
7 months ago

There is a hadith that said a real moslem is the one that other people is safe of any harm of their deed.. This is simply transgressing in horrifying magnitude..

lol idk
Community Member
7 months ago

:(

Jo Choto
Community Member
7 months ago

This is what poverty looks like on an urban/national scale.

Chancey
Community Member
7 months ago

Dear God this is awful!!!

Billy von Mierzwiak
Community Member
7 months ago

Gretaaaaa, where are you???

ᴠᴀ̈ɪɴᴏ (ɴᴇᴡ ᴀᴄᴄ)
Community Member
7 months ago

OH MY F*****G LORD WHAT THE HELL IS THIS

Albert
Community Member
7 months ago

Holy crap! Literally!

GramDB
Community Member
7 months ago

How Shameful!! 😞 🤧 Such a dishonor to their ancestors!

Oylum Alatlı
Community Member
7 months ago

Hell on Earth, so sad.

Felicia Dale
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow. And this could be so beautiful.

T.Milly
Community Member
7 months ago

This is awful. How can anyone live like this?

Lucia Lintnerová
Community Member
7 months ago

what the hell ...

Shane Lustre
Community Member
7 months ago

How can someone live here?

M@rlow_the BLINK
Community Member
7 months ago

This is so depressing and horrible, I really hope things get better in Dhaka

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
7 months ago

I feel sorry for people living here! I live in the city which is far from good, but this is terrible!

June Gem
Community Member
7 months ago

😭

Silre
Community Member
7 months ago

Was that a river?

Shane S
Community Member
7 months ago

I’ve seen trash like this there and it is truly heartbreaking. There’s just piles of trash on the side of the road like you have never seen in the US. And it’s a country that struggles to provide for its large population.

Sir Tarsier
Community Member
7 months ago

This is hell!

𝔓𝔲𝔯𝔭𝔩𝔢 ℜ𝔞𝔢𝔑
Community Member
7 months ago

It is just a matter of time before we drown in a sea of garbage

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

India is out of control on so many levels. They need to drastically reduce their population and do something about the filth and garbage.

Shane S
Community Member
7 months ago

You realize Bangladesh is a separate country right? It’s not India.

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Davo gifman
Community Member
7 months ago

If we could just get rid of corrupt government officials what a wonderful beginning that would be. But I dare say then we'd have no government officials either.🤔 Win,win...perhaps?😳😁👍

Charlie Taube
Community Member
7 months ago

I bet that half of that is shipped from the western countries

Matt Hollis
Community Member
7 months ago

Make sure you don't use plastic straws or bags guys, that way you will save the planet lol

Mark Fuller
Community Member
7 months ago

How awful. That should be a stream with trees on neither side...

Anita Pickle
Community Member
7 months ago

This could double as San Francisco

Zitronella
Community Member
7 months ago

The biggest problem is that we let them work for our endless shopping obsession.

Chimmels
Community Member
7 months ago

Thankfully india is becoming a communist state we stand with our Indian comrades

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#2

This Is The Most Apocalyptic Image Of Modern Cairo, Egypt, I Have Ever Seen Anyone Take

This Is The Most Apocalyptic Image Of Modern Cairo, Egypt, I Have Ever Seen Anyone Take

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DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
7 months ago

If I saw this without the pyramids in the background, I'd tell you it was from an apocalyptic movie.

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Of course, city living has a lot to offer. From local coffee shops and restaurants to attending cultural events and meeting people from diverse backgrounds, spending your days in a metropolis can be exciting.

But some of the issues that are evident in these pictures don't just look bad. They also damage our health. And we're not talking about minor annoyances. Constant stimulation from a busy city living can take a big toll on your mental well-being.

#3

The Before And The After Of My Hometown, Hungary

The Before And The After Of My Hometown, Hungary

Cathfaern Report

Moon (She/Her)
Community Member
7 months ago

Noo all the beautiful flowers are gone :(

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#4

One Of My Most Hated Buildings Finally Got Destroyed And Replaced By Something Beautiful

One Of My Most Hated Buildings Finally Got Destroyed And Replaced By Something Beautiful

videki_man Report

Shelp
Community Member
7 months ago

this proves we CAN do beautiful buildings! So why don't we?

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Compared to rural residents, researchers have discovered that urbanites are 21 percent more likely to have anxiety disorders and 39 percent more likely to have mood disorders. A 2017 meta-analysis also found that rates of the following conditions were also higher among those living in urban areas:

  • PTSD;
  • anger management;
  • generalized anxiety disorder.

The same was true for more serious disorders like schizophrenia and paranoia.

#5

Welcome To Texas

Welcome To Texas

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GoodWolf
Community Member
7 months ago

Naw, I'm good.

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#6

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Mindghost
Community Member
7 months ago

I built this in age of empires when i was 10 years old :)

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#7

There's Cities, There's Metropolises, And Then There's Tokyo

There's Cities, There's Metropolises, And Then There's Tokyo

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Shelp
Community Member
7 months ago

I can't even understand the scale of this picture

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Psychiatrists think it's because the constant stimulation of city life can put you in difficult situations where you get the fight-or-flight response, which in turn alters how you cope with stress.

But the problems don't end there. City living can also chip away at your psychological immune system, which can be precarious for those with a family history of mental illness. According to experts, this environmental stress can increase their risk of developing a psychiatric condition, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder.

#8

50 Lane Traffic Jam - China

50 Lane Traffic Jam - China

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

So….a car park. Quicker to walk

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#9

(Oc) Hebron’s Multi-Story Borders: Ground-Level Palestinians Construct Fences Above Their Streets To Protect Themselves From Upper-Story Israeli Settlers Who Throw Trash, Furniture, And Rocks Down On Them

(Oc) Hebron’s Multi-Story Borders: Ground-Level Palestinians Construct Fences Above Their Streets To Protect Themselves From Upper-Story Israeli Settlers Who Throw Trash, Furniture, And Rocks Down On Them

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Deja Katz
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Why are people throwing trash and rocks down onto other people? Isn’t life hard enough?

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#10

Concrete Canyon In Manhattan

Concrete Canyon In Manhattan

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Nunya Business
Community Member
7 months ago

I've never been to a city so large that the buildings block out the sun. I think I'll keep it that way.

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#11

18000 People In A Single Building. (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

18000 People In A Single Building. (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

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Aubrie Allen
Community Member
7 months ago

Where do they park?

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But even though urban life may lead to emotional distress, shame and stigma can stop young adults from talking about their struggles. This may explain why they feel lonelier than older generations, according to a Cigna study. What's more, young adults, especially millennials, often feel burned out.

Some folks view them as incompetent adults who shy away from responsibility, but as Anne Helen Peterson explained to Buzzfeed, millennials have "errand paralysis" and think they should always be working.

#12

Lagos, Nigeria - The Overcrowding Is Terrible

Lagos, Nigeria - The Overcrowding Is Terrible

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Buren
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh no! We'll be late for life!

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#13

Egypt, What Is Wrong With You?

Egypt, What Is Wrong With You?

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I I
Community Member
7 months ago

"progress"

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#14

Newly Built Housing. Samara, Russia

Newly Built Housing. Samara, Russia

Eth_kay Report

Sum Guy
Community Member
7 months ago

I never really have a problem with ugly low cost housing if it does the job it's supposed to do... Making sure a lot less people are homeless or living in shacks

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#15

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg, Russia

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adiiantryx
Community Member
7 months ago

these type of compact apartment townships are becoming quite popular throughout the world

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City life can also affect our physical health. A 2017 study suggests too much exposure to air pollution and city noise may cause damage to a person's cardiovascular health.

For instance, never-ending traffic noise may interfere with our sleep quality and cause cortisol, the stress hormone, to spike. Over time, elevated levels of this hormone can increase our risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

#16

Do Not Show Partiality To The Poor Or Favoritism To The Great, But Judge Your Neighbor Fairly

Do Not Show Partiality To The Poor Or Favoritism To The Great, But Judge Your Neighbor Fairly

cwood1973 Report

Chich
Community Member
7 months ago

Churches need to pay taxes. No more Dior fancy gowns for priests.

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#17

New Residential Block In Malaysia

New Residential Block In Malaysia

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Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago

Hell on earth, all those concrete boxes to shut us in.

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#18

View From The Bathroom Window, Belgrade

View From The Bathroom Window, Belgrade

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Red rockin lobster
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

When I lived in Belgrade, I had a similar view from the bathroom. Maybe some won't understand, but for me it was nice. I knew everone who lived around, it was cosy and safe. The feeling of home, if you thought of asking for toilet paper, I'm sure someone would throw it to you through the window. The outer side od buildngs where the rooms, kitchen and living are, had an open view. Kinda miss it

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#19

Why Does Delhi Looks So Dystopian

Why Does Delhi Looks So Dystopian

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Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago

A friend came back from Dehli and said "We could make it a better place by bombing it (not the people), rebuilding and abolishing the caste system". She's right!

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It also seems urban dwellers may be more prone to insomnia and sleep difficulties. In a survey of more than 15,000 individuals, researchers found that the bright lights of a city can dampen a person's ability to get a good night's rest.

According to the survey, 6 percent of people living in highly lit, urban areas slept less than six hours each night. Furthermore, 29 percent of these urbanites were dissatisfied with the quality of their nighttime rest.

#20

Christmas In Grimsby City Centre, UK

Christmas In Grimsby City Centre, UK

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

I think the crowd barrier was unnecessary.

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#21

Infinite Amount Of Concrete…

Infinite Amount Of Concrete…

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JJ
Community Member
7 months ago

Actually this looks amazing at night. But probably only at night ...

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#22

"Ocean Access" + Suburbs In Florida

"Ocean Access" + Suburbs In Florida

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Les Izmore
Community Member
7 months ago

How many years before that is all below sea level?

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#23

It's Hard To Capture In Two Photos, But Here Is A Brand New KFC Sat In The Middle Of Cleared Rainforest In Malaysia, Ready For A Development To Be Built Around It

It's Hard To Capture In Two Photos, But Here Is A Brand New KFC Sat In The Middle Of Cleared Rainforest In Malaysia, Ready For A Development To Be Built Around It

ROFLMFAO Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, lets hack down lovely rainforest, who needs orangutans, and sell shitty food. Way better /s FU*K

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#24

Trying To Cross The Street? Bummer. The Street Is Only For Cars. Tehran

Trying To Cross The Street? Bummer. The Street Is Only For Cars. Tehran

vd772 Report

MyOpinionHasBeenServed
Community Member
7 months ago

Some North American cities are slowly becoming like this.

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#25

A Lovely Day For A Picnic...

A Lovely Day For A Picnic...

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JJ
Community Member
7 months ago

As someone who grew up in a big coal and industry city in between other big coal and industry cities, I can relate and say that those small green spots and the view on industry are not as bad as this picture seems. You get used to it and if you move, you kind of even miss it. It has some weird sense of peace.

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#26

Each Of Those Houses With A Garden Are £1+ Million. The Grass In All Gardens Is Astroturf

Each Of Those Houses With A Garden Are £1+ Million. The Grass In All Gardens Is Astroturf

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

Astroturf is just a fancy name for plastic grass.

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#27

A Homeless Man Sleeps Next To A 50 Gallon Drum Of Burning Scavenged Wood In Front Of The World Trade Center Under Construction, New York City, 1970

A Homeless Man Sleeps Next To A 50 Gallon Drum Of Burning Scavenged Wood In Front Of The World Trade Center Under Construction, New York City, 1970

biwook Report

Slick
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah, those huge blocks of concrete for housing beats this any day, i feel like...

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#28

Vorkuta, Russia. The Coldest City In Europe (Lowest Temperature Ever Recorded At -52 C)

Vorkuta, Russia. The Coldest City In Europe (Lowest Temperature Ever Recorded At -52 C)

informationtiger Report

GoodWolf
Community Member
7 months ago

They are so hardcore, they don't even need a roof.

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#29

Jakarta's Chinatown 1940s vs. Now

Jakarta's Chinatown 1940s vs. Now

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Briana Kessler
Community Member
7 months ago

Modern isn't always necessary

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#30

No Need To Worry, Elite Architects Were At Work Here

No Need To Worry, Elite Architects Were At Work Here

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh hell no!

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#31

Advertisement On A Commercial Building, South Korea

Advertisement On A Commercial Building, South Korea

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
7 months ago

At least there's some colour, I suppose.

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#32

One Of The Worst Traffic And Pollution In The World. Tehran, Iran

One Of The Worst Traffic And Pollution In The World. Tehran, Iran

vd772 Report

Susan S
Community Member
7 months ago

I think they like white cars...

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#33

I Just Want To Get To The Other Side Of The Highway Man

I Just Want To Get To The Other Side Of The Highway Man

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

In the Netherlands it's the other way round. You can get anywhere in a city in 5 minutes by bicycle, but it will take you 30 minutes by car to get there.

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#34

A Spiral Parking Lot Somewhere In Chongqing, China

A Spiral Parking Lot Somewhere In Chongqing, China

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Jyri Hakola
Community Member
7 months ago

Actually a spiral street

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#35

Duisburg, Also Known As The Ugliest City In Germany

Duisburg, Also Known As The Ugliest City In Germany

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der sebbl
Community Member
7 months ago

Duisburg the ugliest city of Germany? I am German and let me tell you: there are several worse cities

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#36

The Entrance To A Shopping Mall That Is Still Alive And Well, Despite The Visual Evidence To The Contrary

The Entrance To A Shopping Mall That Is Still Alive And Well, Despite The Visual Evidence To The Contrary

Schlicktenstein Report

GoodWolf
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like a video game. I'm sure there are zombies around somewhere.

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#37

One More Lane Will Solve This. Cairo

One More Lane Will Solve This. Cairo

vd772 Report

Tristan Kenyon
Community Member
7 months ago

The sign says Carve Your Getaway. , Yup gonna need to carve out of that traffic 🙄

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#38

An Apartment In Istanbul Is Attached To Another Building

An Apartment In Istanbul Is Attached To Another Building

-FaZe- Report

Deja Katz
Community Member
7 months ago

Wtf? What about the people already living there who now have a wall against their windows?

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#39

Abu Eir, Alexandria, Egypt

Abu Eir, Alexandria, Egypt

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Wakiz
Community Member
7 months ago

the name in arabic literally translates to "the father of d**k"

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#40

White And Beige Nebraska *oc

White And Beige Nebraska *oc

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
7 months ago

1 house 7 gas guzzlers - yup Murica!

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