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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

This image makes me anxious :(

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#5

Beirut Port

Beirut Port

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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..

Suzy the observer
Community Member
3 months ago

Surrounded by greenery and refreshed by a lovely fresh breeze. Now this...

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Natalie
Community Member
3 months ago

I just keep thinking, 'I hope an earthquake never hits, as the house will be crushed under all that concrete!'

Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

With Italian planning authorities, it doesn't even need an earthquake.:(

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H Edwards
Community Member
3 months ago

Napoli is an awesome city though.

Altea
Community Member
3 months ago

It is fantastic, but also a little bit crazy.

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Monic Krugell
Community Member
3 months ago

The guy who refused to sell his house to the big corporates. ...

David Brier
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like Brooklyn NY.

denzoren
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd have never thought of Italy like this...not from what you see in documentaries.

ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
3 months ago

Well Mark Twain did say, 'if you don't read the papers, you are uninformed and you do read the papers, you are misinformed'. All countries have beautiful and ugly parts.

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Supergamerkids
Community Member
3 months ago

Bruh, just bruh.

Sue Simmons
Community Member
3 months ago

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Lemonclouds20
Community Member
3 months ago

I wouldn't live under it, we remember what happened in Genoa.

V's Mind
Community Member
3 months ago

This house is in total recall

Susan Widomski
Community Member
1 week ago

Sad.

Madison Deveau
Community Member
1 week ago

I actually find this sort of charming

JuniorCJ82
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Wasn't this featured on Stanley Tucci's show?

jevais
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Horrible sad.

Sookie Stackhouse
Community Member
2 weeks ago

yep i'v been living under a bridge. i like it.

Carole Gleed
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The good the bad and the ugly.

John Smith
Community Member
4 weeks ago

refused to sell....at least no one can build around you

Becky Hendrickson Monska
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like the owner said, " f**k your highway."

JJ Buddhabrot
Community Member
1 month ago

Now, that's ugly

Amanda MacDonald
Community Member
1 month ago

I've literally had nightmares about this happening to my house. This is crazy.

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

It survives

Hugh Cookson
Community Member
2 months ago

At least they left it standing ......

Marsha Peters
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder which came first -- the building or the highway?

Warren Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

I don’t understand, when we bought it, it had such a wonderful view!!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah well, I guess you get used to the noise. . . but the house is paid for, can't make them move!

Sheila Ryan
Community Member
3 months ago

And this is what happened when you won’t sell to developers!

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
3 months ago

If I hide under here, they will leave me alone...

Andre Gauthier
Community Member
3 months ago

Bert Kaempfert's `Moon over Naples' should be revised to `Bridge over Naples`.

Susana Cervantes
Community Member
3 months ago

🤭😲😱

LJ williams
Community Member
3 months ago

Just sad

Artist Known As Lisa
Community Member
3 months ago

That would suck

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 months ago

Unbelievable, and so sad !!!

Simon Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Not too bad from what l have seen in Pictures with a House and a highway, The worst one is in a Asian country somewhere where the highway goes around it, on ground level

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
3 months ago

Old vs. new.

Paul Davies
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine the noise you'd have to live with constantly!

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't look

Elsie Collins
Community Member
3 months ago

How sad!!! The world is dying of ugliness and greed!!

Christina Gude
Community Member
3 months ago

This reminds me of a place in Oakland CA...in fact I thought it was that.

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
3 months ago

An America, they'd requisition your land and home.

Carol Goodson
Community Member
3 months ago

oh, this is so sad

Jean Thompson
Community Member
3 months ago

Somebody got a good handout for allowing this to happen.

Mazer
Community Member
3 months ago

Hella irresponsible

Katie Andrews
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine the anxiety and heart disease from the rumbling and noise constantly. This is no place, no way to live.

PKMN Trainer Link
Community Member
3 months ago

My dad used to live in Naples

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
3 months ago

Its their own little street .i bet they are happy

Heather L
Community Member
3 months ago

I bet that house was built on top of something too. They do that a lot in Europe. Always finding streets under streets when they have to do roadwork or work on a basement. People find tunnels, houses and underground churches . It's all really cool.

Jon Wendes
Community Member
3 months ago

The biggest problem with that is that many Italian highway bridges are poorly maintained and prone to cracking and falling down!

Hollysmom
Community Member
3 months ago

Noisy cement jungle

Mario Harke
Community Member
3 months ago

Like the house in the Film "Up" that didnt have had the balloons :-/

Albino
Community Member
3 months ago

At least it's shady I guess.

Farid Red
Community Member
3 months ago

Its nice to see development is blending with existing buildings, instead of destroy everything on their path.

Molly Block
Community Member
3 months ago

That is some $$$ land right there. At least, I thought so. Maybe not. Imagine the noise?

An Co
Community Member
3 months ago

I have to wonder, did they buy the air rights of that lovely building or just steal the sunshine, view, etc.

Mike Flodin
Community Member
3 months ago

I was driving on the Autostrada, that you see here, after visiting Naples I got lost and tried to find my way back to the road., and this is what found. -Ah, look there it is. That was 1983-84

pebs
Community Member
3 months ago

And you should see certain identical situations in Liguria!

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
3 months ago

To think, their biggest worry when they built the villa was Vesuvius...

Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
3 months ago

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Their choice, they would have been given notice and offered compensation. They refused, this is that result .

JuJu
Community Member
3 months ago

"Hey! We want to build sth. Look, we've got a bit of money for you...so, just get out of your family's home (maybe for decades) and don't make a scene. Okay?" O_o

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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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago (edited)

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

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