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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

This image makes me anxious :(

Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

It took me a few seconds to realise what the picture was, I thought at first it hadn’t loaded properly and was appearing corrupted.

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ThePracticalSarcastic
Community Member
2 months ago

what it actually looks like vs what the photographer CHOSE for you to see... GettyImage...d42afe.jpg GettyImages-1140300530_CMYK-60d4ac9d42afe.jpg

Ashley Layton
Community Member
2 months ago

It's not skewed...this is a photo from in front looking up...not a far away glance.

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ThePracticalSarcastic
Community Member
2 months ago

You all realize those buildings are actually not connected right? It's perspective. The photographer chose to NOT show you the sky or the ground purposely. In reality those buildings aren't even on the same block. Please travel more and see for yourself.

BabyBooby
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you for showing an actual picture....not everyone wants to or can afford to travel but we all can appreciate truthful reality

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

All I can think of is what happens when there's a fire?

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

This reminds me of Korben Dallas' apartment building in the Fifth Element.

Apachebathmat
Community Member
2 months ago

I just couldn’t live like this, looks so suffocating

MelFunction
Community Member
2 months ago

Too many people

Sonja
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like that screens in Matrix

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 months ago

could this be photoshopped? it looks like it would be physically ...challenging not to say impossible to have such buidings... genuine question, never been to HK...

ThePracticalSarcastic
Community Member
2 months ago

actual photo of the complex in Hong Kong GettyImage...eedc5f.jpg GettyImages-1140300530_CMYK-60d4acceedc5f.jpg

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Rosidah Yahya
Community Member
2 months ago

terrible way some hve to live

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
1 week ago

No wonder they have so many depressed people.

David Cadogan
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Economists think this is efficient, small footprint future normal life. I think it is hell.

lindsey
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like inside a computer

Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Anyone feel a little inconsequential now

Calypso poet
Community Member
2 months ago

Nope. Ugh, the stairs and elevators.

Brian Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

My brain just can't -

denzoren
Community Member
2 months ago

Just...wow. I've lived on an island all my life...and I cannot see myself living here...I'd die.

Supergamerkids
Community Member
2 months ago

Where is the sky...

ThePracticalSarcastic
Community Member
2 months ago

here's the sky and the trees and the water GettyImage...3a5ede.jpg GettyImages-1140300530_CMYK-60d4acf3a5ede.jpg

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Natalie
Community Member
2 months ago

Just incredible...what a way to show how many people actually live there!! Mind blowing

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 days ago

If Mordor was just one building...

SG108
Community Member
3 days ago

THIS is what I was talking about in picture #2.

Hongkong Honey
Community Member
6 days ago

Those apartments are right on the harbourside with million dollar views, fab facilities and private shuttle buses . They are not as close together as they appear. And they cost a couple of million USD to buy.

Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
Community Member
1 week ago

How many apts are there?

Carole Gleed
Community Member
1 week ago

Are they offices or peoples homes,are they catering for over population.

Maris Kurm
Community Member
1 week ago

Real life Nar Shadaa

Joy
Community Member
2 weeks ago

That looks like a screenshot from The Matrix 😳

Annie Jones
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Matrix?

Yiyang Zheng
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Safety hazard detected.

Kathy Dabanian
Community Member
3 weeks ago

OMG NO I could not live in this. I get awful vertigo in high rises!

Katherine Bordier
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Imagine living at the very top. That would be kinda cool, although the elevator ride would take forever. And what happens if there is a power outage, or god forbid, a fire!?

JJ Buddhabrot
Community Member
4 weeks ago

They can't do anything about this. It's a tiny place with lots of people.

Paul Z.
Community Member
1 month ago

😱

JustAnother Soul
Community Member
1 month ago

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StnFlwr
Community Member
1 month ago

Plus they are back in China's hands, so double down on that dystopia.

MacDudu
Community Member
1 month ago

It's like a termite colony...for humans

Cedric Claes
Community Member
1 month ago

https://youtu.be/lan-Pjv99Xk

Nicholas Lane
Community Member
1 month ago

My brain has trouble comprehending what this would look like from another angle.

Margaret Weaver
Community Member
1 month ago

It actually took me a second to work out I wasn't looking at a closeup of a microchip

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

I wonder if ALL those people could ever leave home at the same time???

Tayro Oliva-Cardona
Community Member
1 month ago

OMFG WTF IS THIS

Денис М
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't even imagine what living in these boxes is like

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
2 months ago

Think about how much trash and feces, is created here.

Robin Chappelle
Community Member
2 months ago

I now have a headache after looking at this monstrosity!

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

Where do the eggs come out??

Judith Wilson
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't even imagine how it was built, and how long it took to house the people on the waiting list

Roxan Haandrikman
Community Member
2 months ago

How many floors does that have?

Hugh Cookson
Community Member
2 months ago

Hong Kong is a small, prosperous island where many, many people want to live - space is at a premium, as such building upwards, instead of outwards is the most practical solution.

Garth Horsfield
Community Member
2 months ago

What's the point of it all?

Shivangi Bhardwaj
Community Member
2 months ago

Looking more like a lego set

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
2 months ago

HORRIBLE! So glad our nearest neighbors are WAY down at the bottom of our private road. This is a vision of hell!

Marsha Peters
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like a close-up of woven fabric.

Stella Goldfish
Community Member
2 months ago

Horrific

Warren Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

Uhhhhhh, honey, why don’t we add just a bit of trim to the front porch……….uhhhhh, balcony!! Then we could actually see where we live!!!………………NOT!!!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine coming home every night to this. . .

Azrael Ariel
Community Member
2 months ago

Trypophobia meets claustrophobia.

Amanda Windsor
Community Member
2 months ago

Urban hive.

Julia Jules Whitelegg
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, oppression depression.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't even imagine being around that many people

Irene Walton
Community Member
2 months ago

jeezuz, this is not the way to live

Diana Hockley
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like the inside of a technical digital machine. Truly AWFUL.

katboxjanitor
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a multi-tiered circuit board

MAKtheknife
Community Member
2 months ago

EEEEEUUUUU! People really live like this?

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s a picture from the great photograph Michael Wolf. Check his site on the net.

Julie Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Matrix

Khadija Hammond
Community Member
2 months ago

That looks like a beehive. It doesn’t look like any kind of place we’re human beings should reside. They will wipe themselves out. Any kind of disease will spread like fire since there is no way to contain it. I’m surprise Covid hasn’t wiped out this entire building. And I can’t believe anybody would have the nerve to build such a monster. This is just an awful nightmare.

Ronnie Beaton
Community Member
2 months ago

Welcome to Mega City 1.

April Pickett
Community Member
2 months ago

The way we will be housed in the future.

Julie Lynch
Community Member
2 months ago

Chlostrophobic myfirst thought, I couldn’t live like that

Artist Known As Lisa
Community Member
2 months ago

That looks more like a circuit board than buildings!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 months ago

I never wanted to be, near a concrete jungle, let alone live like this !!!

A T
Community Member
2 months ago

I got dizzy looking at this image. 👀

Osprey
Community Member
2 months ago

Can you imagine show long it would take to go to the store and back? Just to get to the first floor you'd have to pack a lunch.

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
2 months ago

The Matrix

Mykel Gordon
Community Member
2 months ago

How long does the elevator take to get to the top?

Lise Archambault
Community Member
2 months ago

This is crazy

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

So easy to get lost

Mjw Gjgema
Community Member
2 months ago

Terrible, a chicken den.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a matrix.

Paul Davies
Community Member
2 months ago

You've got to be kidding!

SF Angel
Community Member
2 months ago

I am shivering

shado
Community Member
2 months ago

this is really what over-population really looks like ... for those that can actually afford a roof over their heads anyway.

Elsie Collins
Community Member
2 months ago

An inferno and fire trap waiting to happen!!!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
2 months ago

Education and birth control.

Mairlady
Community Member
2 months ago

Where’s Waldo?

Jane W.
Community Member
2 months ago

How long to get to the top floor with many stops along the way?

Jane W.
Community Member
2 months ago

How long does the elevator take to get near the top, I wonder.

Perry Clouse
Community Member
2 months ago

O.M.G.

Donna Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

Holy crap. That clostaphobic.

Carol Goodson
Community Member
2 months ago

This is beyond awful.... can't believe they built this

Jean Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

Wouldn't like to be a postman in Hong Kong!!

I I
Community Member
2 months ago

i'd be done for , hate heights and have asthma , so stairs are my natural enemy

Eileen Schwab
Community Member
2 months ago

I have dreams like this sometimes when I'm feeling anonymous

Lotus Flower
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

The Borg

AJ
Community Member
2 months ago

Inside those windows there's lovely homes.

Connie Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

omg

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
2 months ago

How many people is that per square meter? It looks like really a lot.

Elsker
Community Member
2 months ago

Sim Tower!

Sharon Frank
Community Member
2 months ago

Dear God. Makes me more than anxious.

Bianca Du Toit
Community Member
2 months ago

Nooooooo.

Michigan Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

i keep squinting at it...but i'm not seeing the bodies falling. there HAVE to be folks throwing themselves out the windows...right?

Melissa Powell
Community Member
2 months ago

WOW!

Microwaved Robot
Community Member
2 months ago

I get vertigo sick looking at this

Sarah
Community Member
2 months ago

I woud do anything rather than live in this hell.

Robin DJW
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope these are built better than the high-rise condos in Florida...

Glynna Bowood
Community Member
2 months ago

If this is where it's all headed then count me out!

Farid Red
Community Member
2 months ago

With over population, the only way to live is up in the air. Talk about fire evacuation plan.

Yili Lai
Community Member
2 months ago

Ever think this is human zoos

NWB
Community Member
2 months ago

imagine the size of the places too inside!

D K
Community Member
2 months ago

What the…

Dave Van Horn
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine the chaos, destruction and death after an earthquake.

Alex Nelson
Community Member
2 months ago

Good jigsaw puzzle picture though

Angelica Schuyler
Community Member
2 months ago

Virtual Vertigo.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel depressed just looking at these rat holes. Imagine what it's like living there.

Vasana Phong
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, don’t make a wrong turn somewhere

AndersM
Community Member
2 months ago

Pizzaguy..... "Damn!"

...
Community Member
2 months ago

just where i want to live, jk. Bring back the 1 kid law...for obvious reasons pictured here.

ThePracticalSarcastic
Community Member
2 months ago

one child policy was Mainland China...not Hong Kong.

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Terje Nygård
Community Member
2 months ago

Visually... pretty close to how they store humans in "The Matrix" and use them as a powersource ^^

Suzy the observer
Community Member
2 months ago

I have sudden nausea.

Wistiti
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm thinking computer chips.

Linziaj
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg

Watching
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh goodness there's no way I could live at the top of that.

lunar eclipse
Community Member
2 months ago

I wanna move to a peaceful countryside. I know it’s a lot more boring but I stay in and read,draw, cook and bake anyway. Or I like hiking

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
2 months ago

Matrix vibe.

AndersM
Community Member
2 months ago

Google it and you'll find that it's a very nice place with lots of free space. :-) But still.a.cool picture

Dave Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

Photoshopped

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#5

Beirut Port

Beirut Port

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
2 months 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

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James016
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

..cannot imagine the noise..

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#36

Mirny In Siberia, Russia

Mirny In Siberia, Russia