Not every building is as beautiful as the Palace of Versailles. Or blends into its surroundings as well as the Macallan Distillery. On the contrary, there are many structures across the world looking like outcasts that will fall apart during the next storm. In some places, they aren't isolated examples, either — even an entire neighborhood can be an abomination. And you can find them on r/UrbanHell.

It's a photography subreddit of "all the hideous places human beings built or inhabit." The online community invites everyone who wants to explore the darker side of the cities, towns, and villages in our shared world and welcomes any photos which show either ugliness, or a problem in urban development. Rural and suburban nightmares are also allowed.

Below you will find a collection of pics that perfectly describe what this subreddit is all about.

#1

The Annual Monsoon Ritual Of Mumbai's Ocean Giving Back What Has Been Dumped In It

The Annual Monsoon Ritual Of Mumbai's Ocean Giving Back What Has Been Dumped In It

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SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
1 year ago

If only nature could actually give back all the trash to us, maybe we will see the damage we are doing :(

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#2

Hong Kong Street Life

Hong Kong Street Life

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats sad...

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About half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050, two-thirds of the world's people are expected to live in urban areas. But as you can see from some of the photos in r/UrbanHell, in cities, two of the most pressing problems facing the world today also come together: poverty and environmental degradation.

Bad urban development isn't just ugly aesthetics. It's also poor air and water quality, insufficient water availability, waste-disposal problems, and high energy consumption, all of which are exacerbated by the increasing population density and demands of urban environments. Strong city planning is essential in managing these and other difficulties as the world's urban areas grow.

#3

New Delhi - During Lockdown vs. Now

New Delhi - During Lockdown vs. Now

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SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
1 year ago

For a few months earth took a breath, then humans came back with a vengeance :(

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#4

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
1 year ago

This image makes me anxious :(

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#5

Beirut Port

Beirut Port

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this the aftermath of that enormous explosion`?

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Some of the biggest problems caused by urbanization are:

  • Intensive urban growth can lead to greater poverty, with local governments unable to provide services for all people;
  • Concentrated energy use. It leads to greater air pollution with a significant impact on human health;
  • Automobile exhaust produces elevated lead levels in urban air;
  • Large volumes of uncollected waste create multiple health hazards;
  • Urban development can magnify the risk of environmental hazards such as flash flooding;
  • Pollution and physical barriers to root growth promote loss of urban tree cover;
  • Animal populations are inhibited by toxic substances, vehicles, and the loss of habitat and food sources.
#6

Uae Nad Al Sheba III Neighborhood

Uae Nad Al Sheba III Neighborhood

DrFetusRN Report

James016
Community Member
1 year ago

That is really lifeless

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#7

It's Baffling How Fast It Changes

It's Baffling How Fast It Changes

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lunar eclipse
Community Member
1 year ago

Ewgh. These types of pictures make me feel depressed and anxious

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#8

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

Excuse me...WHAT the...?!

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Solutions might include:

  • Combat poverty by promoting economic development and job creation;
  • Involve local community in local government;
  • Reduce air pollution by upgrading energy use and alternative transport systems;
  • Create private-public partnerships to provide services such as waste disposal and housing;
  • Plant trees and incorporate the care of city green spaces as a key element in urban planning.

Ultimately, cities can bring us obstacles and opportunities as well as freedom and captivity, and it's up to us to get the most out of them.

#9

People Offering Prayers At River Yamuna, India, Which Is Frothing From Industrial Waste

People Offering Prayers At River Yamuna, India, Which Is Frothing From Industrial Waste

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

And none of these fools has the sense to even consider that bathing in industrial waste speeds up your reincarnation process.

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#10

Hotel In Łodz, Poland

Hotel In Łodz, Poland

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 year ago

Its not a nuclear cooling tower. It is for a heating, electric and hotwater generating plant ( TETS in Russian) most are coal or gas powered and that is for releasing steam.

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#11

An Interesting Perspective I've Stumbled Upon In Macau A Year Ago

An Interesting Perspective I've Stumbled Upon In Macau A Year Ago

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The difference between the have's and the have not's, in one photo.

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#12

Petare, Venezuela

Petare, Venezuela

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

How people get in their "house" somewhere in the moddle of it?

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#13

Before And After A Desert Is Turned Into A Soulless Suburb Of A Desert. Jk, Its A Single Photo Of Arizona

Before And After A Desert Is Turned Into A Soulless Suburb Of A Desert. Jk, Its A Single Photo Of Arizona

TownPro Report

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

The water waste hurts. Why do you want lawns in a desert? If you want green lawns, move to England (no offense, England. You have the rainfall, is all.)

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#14

Not A Very Romantic Scene

Not A Very Romantic Scene

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
1 year ago

Blame your government’s. This is their fault . They buy rubbish from countries and do not dispose of it correctly.

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#15

Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

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Beuska
Community Member
1 year ago

Just imagine, a few decades or hundred years ago somebody built a nice villa, and now with the urbanisation the whole thing is under a highway..

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#16

People Living Next To A Helicoidal Street In Chongqing

People Living Next To A Helicoidal Street In Chongqing

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Pazuzu
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like something from cyberpunk

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#17

Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong. Comparison Of 1964 - 2016.

Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong. Comparison Of 1964 - 2016.

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 year ago

So so sad... We really are earth's parasite...

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#18

Electrical Wiring And Water Pipes In A Brazilian Favela

Electrical Wiring And Water Pipes In A Brazilian Favela

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Oh yeah, I saw this one already somewhere here on BP. Would like to see the guy who would try to find which wire or pipe is the one with problem

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#19

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Jonathan
Community Member
1 year ago

As a South African, I know this is not true... we also have electric fences along with what is shown.

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#20

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

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Watching
Community Member
1 year ago

That's just every day in LA during traffic hours.

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#21

Private Houses On The Roof Of An Eight-Story Mall In Zhūzhōu, China

Private Houses On The Roof Of An Eight-Story Mall In Zhūzhōu, China

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V33333P
Community Member
1 year ago

This almost looks like a surreal piece of art

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#22

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

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Lekha
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Not a single tree in sight (Ok, realised that's very normal there. My bad)

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#23

Downtown Seattle, In The Heart Of The Retail District

Downtown Seattle, In The Heart Of The Retail District

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Yugan Talovich
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't understand how the US can have money to make bombers but not to help citizens who need help.

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#24

Progressive Insurance's Call Center

Progressive Insurance's Call Center

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Robert T
Community Member
1 year ago

Cubeville. Dilbert will be hiding in there somewhere.

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#25

Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, India

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

visual pollution.

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#26

Ghost City In China, Made To Be A Replica Of Paris - Tianducheng

Ghost City In China, Made To Be A Replica Of Paris - Tianducheng

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

Why?

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#27

All Residents Of Whittier, Alaska Live Inside One Building

All Residents Of Whittier, Alaska Live Inside One Building

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James016
Community Member
1 year ago

There was a whole BP post about this. A rail company owns most of the land so no-one can do anything.

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#28

Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

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Hunglike Jesus
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, just find you a spot and it's yours.

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#29

One More Lane Will Fix It

One More Lane Will Fix It

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SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
1 year ago

In my country the biggest highway is 3 lanes. No city has more than 3 lanes. And we consider it an achievement. I am amazed at this picture honestly!

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#30

Somewhere In Brazil In The 90's

Somewhere In Brazil In The 90's

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M O'Connell
Community Member
1 year ago

@WilvanderHeidjen They absolutely are homeless. They are squatting in a utilities access cabinet.

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#31

Baghdad Between Then And Now!

Baghdad Between Then And Now!

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Aski Markup
Community Member
1 year ago

Goodness, the Americans really destroyed that beautiful country.

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#32

Billionnaire Vijay Mallya's Mansion Atop A Skyscraper In Bangalore, India

Billionnaire Vijay Mallya's Mansion Atop A Skyscraper In Bangalore, India

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Konpat
Community Member
1 year ago

This decadence disgusts me

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#33

The Capital Of California

The Capital Of California

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Butter On Toast
Community Member
1 year ago

The irony..

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#34

Dubai, The Hollow City Of Artificiality

Dubai, The Hollow City Of Artificiality

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Sue Grigg
Community Member
1 year ago

I will never understand the lure of Dubai, it's a giant soulless shopping mall for rich people. They can have it, it's tacky and ugly.

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#35

Chongqing, China

Chongqing, China

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

..cannot imagine the noise..

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#36

Mirny In Siberia, Russia

Mirny In Siberia, Russia

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
1 year ago

All of those houses and infrastructure was built die to that mine . It’s still a working mine right now . Giving ppl jobs homes lives

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#37

Ah, Good Old Car Culture...

Ah, Good Old Car Culture...

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Red rockin lobster
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not an urban nightmare (whichever you're reffering to). Also, it's like comparing a clouds and grapes

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#38

Block 23, New Belgrade, Serbia

Block 23, New Belgrade, Serbia

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
1 year ago

At least they have friendly neighbours. My neighbor wouldn’t take my washing in . 😆

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#39

16-Lane Highway Built Through The Downtown Where A Market Square Used To Be In Moscow, Russia

16-Lane Highway Built Through The Downtown Where A Market Square Used To Be In Moscow, Russia

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 year ago

Again context is great. This was done to facilitate troop movements quickly in and out of the capital which proved vital in WWII as the soldiers from Siberia crossed Red Square in the May Day parades and went straight to the front lines to repel the Nazis. The French similarly built huge boulevards in Paris to facilitate troop movements and to keep people from being able to build barricades, which is a French national tradition.

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#40

Nobody: Southwest Us Developers:

Nobody: Southwest Us Developers:

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Out of curiosity, for what it is, why is it not more square, why all the bends?

Jackie Borrell
Community Member
1 year ago

Read an article once that explained the reason for bendy roads in residential suburbs: to keep the cars driving slowly for safety reasons

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Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

If you live in the middle, it's like being anywhere. Live on the outside edge, and oh boy, you wake up every morning and know EXACTLY where you are: The middle of Hell!

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 year ago

Not a single park in sight!

J. F.
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, that looks like a desert - and parks require lots of water

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João Santos
Community Member
1 year ago

you guys are complaning not beeing straigth, but complain abou the all iqual cities in the previous fotos... above

Veronica Johnson
Community Member
6 months ago

Truthfully I like that it's not straight even rows

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Purr·maid
Community Member
1 year ago

Too damn close for comfort.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Maximum use of a plot of land.

Natalie
Community Member
1 year ago

The image evokes such a mix of feelings in me: a fascination with the artistic design of the town, and a sense of claustrophobia at the thought of all living inside a box, so to speak.

Klas Klättermus
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks really nice!

Alyse Caron
Community Member
2 months ago

Thats actually pretty neat

Jake Wheeler
Community Member
2 months ago

Traditional grids cause faster traffic plus not knowing the layout helps keep the riffraff out.

Kristine Park
Community Member
2 months ago

The word “cookie cutter” has never been more defined (?!) but what impresses me most… not one single cul-de-sac!? Amazing!

John Russo
Community Member
3 months ago

I want the brown house on the right.

John Otruba
Community Member
4 months ago

Amazing how USA developers think crooked streets lend "character" to a new neighborhood!(and I am American and do not get it)

Alex Ernst
Community Member
4 months ago

Gives the illusion of being in a cozy town and not some super artificial housing block. Typical suburb BS.

Zoe Todd
Community Member
5 months ago

Hell. This is straight up hell.

rehabisforquitters
Community Member
5 months ago

This is what the suburbs of Dallas, Texas are turning into right before our very eyes.

Jorg Lewis
Community Member
5 months ago

For any of your questions i have your single answer right here: IT'S AMERICA, HOME OF SOULLESS 'REPRESENTITIVES' WHO ACTUALLY COULD NOT GIVE LESS F***S THAN THEY ALREADY DO!!!

Dawn Shackleford
Community Member
5 months ago

???? Good question! I do not know!!!

Faye Parke
Community Member
6 months ago

Warragul - 2023

Ivy Kyenna
Community Member
6 months ago

I live in Northern AZ and thankfully, we don’t have any of these “master planned” cookie cutter housing developments…yet, where your choices for exterior color is tan, taupe or light brown. I have been super lost driving in one one of these neighborhoods while in Phx once. It was actually disorienting and kinda scary.

j collinsmeans
Community Member
4 months ago

Same. I Can't imagine what a f**&ed-up HELL that is!

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Nate Barnhurst
Community Member
6 months ago

I think this is from the movie Vivarium

elfin
Community Member
6 months ago

Note that there is not a whole lot of water available in the Southwest and it's getting worse due to climate change. This is ethically the same as letting developers build in a flood plain.

Allams
Community Member
6 months ago

WHY??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Perales
Community Member
6 months ago

I know exactly where this is. It is a suburb of SW Las Vegas back in the very early 00's. The bends from the ground view give it a pleasant feel so it does not look like cookie cutter boxes.

David Geurtsen
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

This was the layout plan for Sudden Valley :)

Jonah Vancuran
Community Member
6 months ago

so its eseir to acces homes

Sawyer Kidder
Community Member
6 months ago

This makes me dizzy

Stupid horse
Community Member
6 months ago

Waaait that's so cool

Eglė Bukauskaitė
Community Member
7 months ago

1 square challenge in City skylines!

Bobby
Community Member
7 months ago

"Jasonville! Visit us on Friday the 13th!" An introduction to Jasonville on Highway board.

Lys Chris
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like Arizona and while Phoenix is built on a grid, neighborhoods often have curvy roads to prevent speeding and help with water drainage. It only rains a bit here, but when it does it dumps and we have flash floods.

Laff Last
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like it was a 40 acre family farm sold off to a developer, The shape of the land/ neighborhood is quintessential 40 acre homestead - ranch

Kevin Wilcoxon
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like metro Palm Springs CA

Mary Watson
Community Member
8 months ago

Why? And where does it go?

Duane Johnston
Community Member
8 months ago

Dark portions are roads. Green parts are trees. Yards are gravel. There is no grass. Lived in Phoenix area 15 years. Irrigation is strictly regulated.

Raymond Pobiak
Community Member
8 months ago

I wonder how long it would take to find a piece of cheese in there?

Luis F
Community Member
8 months ago

Look like a cult lives there

Ginger Lancaster
Community Member
9 months ago

Wow. Be thankful for what u do have. Very depressing.

Elzanri Kirsten
Community Member
9 months ago

Why is everything so close together? There is more than enough space.

Joe Average
Community Member
9 months ago

With all that desert, they couldn't give each house 1/2 an acre?

Fixit Mann
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, the idea behind it is that you need fewer pipes, wires, etc. between the houses for X amount of people. Plus, you can buy a 40 acre parcel and put 1000 people on it instead of 160 (and yet charge each family the same as if it were a 160 person town.) It could be worse (but this is rural Southwest USA) in that it could be a single, high-rise building for that many people. At least that leaves more room for farming (but you won't see any near this desert site anyway.) And this is something for the city dwellers that have to live here.. I'm sure that a few miles down the road there is 1 person living per several square miles, rainwater collection, septic tank, and no grid power.

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John
Community Member
9 months ago

speed control

Izzy the mushroom
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