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

93arkhanov93 Report

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 :(

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Hong Kong Street Life

Hong Kong Street Life

DrFetusRN Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

Thats sad...

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

naughty_ningen Report

SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

QAFY Report

SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
3 months ago

This image makes me anxious :(

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Beirut Port

Beirut Port

Gordn_Ramsay Report

Cactus McCoy
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this the aftermath of that enormous explosion`?

View More Replies...
View more comments

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
3 months ago

That is really lifeless

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

It's Baffling How Fast It Changes

It's Baffling How Fast It Changes

ilovebravebrowser Report

lunar eclipse
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

yehbikgayehaigormint Report

Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

excitedrod Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

Hotel In Łodz, Poland

Hotel In Łodz, Poland

tanmayp63 Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

diejesus Report

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Petare, Venezuela

Petare, Venezuela

antoine_montt Report

Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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
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.)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Not A Very Romantic Scene

Not A Very Romantic Scene

lazybong Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

biwook Report

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..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

People Living Next To A Helicoidal Street In Chongqing

People Living Next To A Helicoidal Street In Chongqing

biwook Report

Pazuzu
Community Member
3 months ago

looks like something from cyberpunk

BlahBlahBlackSheepah
Community Member
3 months ago

I think that's bruce willis apartment

Load More Replies...
Aroha
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I visited Chongqing nearly 20 years ago. I never saw the sun, not once, though it wasn't cloudy... And every time I blew my nose, the tissue paper was black. I met truly amazing, wonderful people there, but I can't imagine living there long term.

Tim Bouchee
Community Member
1 month ago

Man, and I thought Beijing was bad! I always joke with people that the air quality there turned my earwax black.

Load More Replies...
Corey Liu
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually this is a parking lot! I'm from China and I used to live close to this neighborhood. It just parking lot, not a main road.

Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Hands up if you want to ride the parking merry-go-round.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine the CO2 levels in those apartments! I hope all those buildings were bought up by the city before construction of the road and are now unoccupied.

Jozsef Szabo
Community Member
1 month ago

Not the CO2 is the problem, but other pollutants and the noise and vibrations. Imagine being chronically ill and living there!

Load More Replies...
Suzy the observer
Community Member
3 months ago

No amount of money would make me live there,

V33333P
Community Member
3 months ago

Okay this is pretty cool though

Katherine Bordier
Community Member
1 month ago

I think so too

Load More Replies...
David F
Community Member
3 months ago

It's like blade runner

Atti Elkins
Community Member
2 months ago

Downvote me if you like but this is really cool looking.

An Co
Community Member
3 months ago

There has to be some kind of story about why this was created. It just looks so wrong on so many levels.

Lesley Robinson
Community Member
3 months ago

Communist China.

Load More Replies...
Eric Law
Community Member
3 months ago

One place you REALLY want to adhere to the speed limit.

Supergamerkids
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks actually cool

pebs
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh God, I'd throw up right away if I had to go down that road!

JennyLaRue
Community Member
3 months ago

Those cars are parked on it too!

Artist Known As Lisa
Community Member
3 months ago

Somebody said it's actually a parking lot, not a road, per se`

Load More Replies...
Glynna Bowood
Community Member
3 months ago

Helicoidal street...

Sally Prosser
Community Member
3 months ago

Unreal. I think I'd just walk.

New Prometheus
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine the noise and shaking

Peter Kelly
Community Member
3 months ago

Are they in a dreadful queue, or worse, parked?

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
2 days ago

No wonder they all want to come and live here - then continue trashing

Susan Widomski
Community Member
1 week ago

Is it my imagination or is there a car on there that is covered?

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Looks like a parking spiral!

SG108
Community Member
2 weeks ago

A "fresh" breath of carbon monoxide every 5 seconds. Good grief! The only time you can open a window is.... well.... uh....never?

Pusheen_Fan🧋
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Oof i feel dizzy :(

Waco Bayless
Community Member
3 weeks ago

If the cars were flying it would be a scene from "The Fifth Element".

Carole Gleed
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I think I would go insane !

Shaun Coleman
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Now try to imagine driving an F150 on that street.

Lauren Ganze
Community Member
1 month ago

thats actually really cool tho

armando cardoso
Community Member
1 month ago

Now that’s really cool

Krzysztof Ziętek
Community Member
1 month ago

My brain hurts :|

Zak Rasten
Community Member
1 month ago

Judge Dredd must be somewhere nearby

Neil Bidle
Community Member
1 month ago

Better than San Francisco

MacDudu
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine the air quality in the apartments, and the noise.

Sandy Britton
Community Member
1 month ago

Worse than any dystopian movie I've seen

Shourya Kashyap
Community Member
1 month ago

claustrophobic

Amanda MacDonald
Community Member
1 month ago

I kind of love it.

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
2 months ago

And they consider that they are lucky to be living there.

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

And we moan about parking!!

Warren Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

Go in and out the driveway, go in and out the driveway!! Hey, Dad!! We’ve running around for hours, are we any closer to home??

Okido
Community Member
2 months ago

A road like this is my biggest nightmare. Getting there accidentally and having nowhere else to go.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone's in a hurry.

Julia Jules Whitelegg
Community Member
3 months ago

No Thank You!

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
3 months ago

That is a street? wow! I have seen those in parking garages.

Bernadette Jamieson
Community Member
3 months ago

Hot wheels.

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

😱😱😱

Khadija Hammond
Community Member
3 months ago

How can anybody sleep through that?

Ronnie Beaton
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow! I'd love to skateboard down that. I'd probably throw up once I got to the bottom right enough, but it'd be worth it.

J
Community Member
3 months ago

This makes me really anxious.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 months ago

I would rather, pitch a tent !!!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
3 months ago

like driving out of a parking garage.

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
3 months ago

Absolute crazyness.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
3 months ago

Weird.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 months ago

A what?

elfin
Community Member
3 months ago

Lombard Street Plus.

Leigh Hogan
Community Member
3 months ago

Helicoidal. I've never even considered that.

shado
Community Member
3 months ago

cool

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
3 months ago

Please, what are you showing us ???

Christina Gude
Community Member
3 months ago

Then there's the "crookedest" street ..... LOMBARD in San Francisco!!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
3 months ago

Driving Dizzy!

Shaun Coleman
Community Member
3 months ago

Could you imagine trying to drive a large US pickup truck down that thing!

Jean Thompson
Community Member
3 months ago

People can get used to the most horrendous living conditions. Perhaps they just blank their minds after a while.

mcmp
Community Member
3 months ago

oh god! and I thought I lived in a crappy place...

More!
Community Member
3 months ago

Makes me think of Mater

Mazer
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Oh I see so you can sit in traffic longer there accommodating more cars…so sickening

Heather L
Community Member
3 months ago

Gardiner Expressway in Toronto has condos with windows and sometimes balconies level right with the road. You could throw a ball and hit the cars. Becoming more and more common everywhere.

Hollysmom
Community Member
3 months ago

Talk about stress, pollution and noise pollution

Mario Harke
Community Member
3 months ago

Not really beautiful, right. But when you think about that it is/was the best solution for come along with the space traffic Infrastruktur needs/needed then its genious. For the renters of the bottomflats its quite annoing, that for sure

kurisutofu
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't really find this one bad.

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
3 months ago

We have a parking building with one of these in Wellington, NZ. Lots' of fun to go down.

Tina Hugh
Community Member
3 months ago

My cat would love to sit and watch this. So would I, actually. LOL. Assuming the windows have good soundproofing

Molly Block
Community Member
3 months ago

I love this.

Natalie Kudryashova
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine if one in the middle breaks down

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
3 months ago

Very Blade Runner.

MoodyBlue
Community Member
3 months ago

This is indeed a road?? (Not an entrance to a parking garage etc?)

Mary Hayden
Community Member
3 months ago

Like a scene from the Dystopian movie Mute

J. F.
Community Member
3 months ago

Requires less space than a ramp

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

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

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

polysabu Report

troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Electrical Wiring And Water Pipes In A Brazilian Favela

Electrical Wiring And Water Pipes In A Brazilian Favela

justuniqueusername Report

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Intricate1779 Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

WhiteMos Report

Watching
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

adamlm Report

V33333P
Community Member
3 months ago

This almost looks like a surreal piece of art

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

biwook Report

Lekha
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#23

Downtown Seattle, In The Heart Of The Retail District

Downtown Seattle, In The Heart Of The Retail District

unlordtempest Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Progressive Insurance's Call Center

Progressive Insurance's Call Center

acamu5x Report

Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

Cubeville. Dilbert will be hiding in there somewhere.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, India

hafeezahmed2839 Report

Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

visual pollution.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

hasanah78 Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

Why?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

All Residents Of Whittier, Alaska Live Inside One Building

All Residents Of Whittier, Alaska Live Inside One Building

NaperVillage Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

charles3535 Report

Hunglike Jesus
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

One More Lane Will Fix It

One More Lane Will Fix It

11vidakn Report

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!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

Somewhere In Brazil In The 90's

Somewhere In Brazil In The 90's

LeandroGanchas75 Report

M O'Connell
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Baghdad Between Then And Now!

Baghdad Between Then And Now!

alfredokurdi Report

Aski Markup
Community Member
3 months ago

Goodness, the Americans really destroyed that beautiful country.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

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

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

fragilistical Report

Konpat
Community Member
3 months ago

This decadence disgusts me

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#33

The Capital Of California

The Capital Of California

ZappCoast Report

Butter On Toast
Community Member
3 months ago

The irony..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

Dubai, The Hollow City Of Artificiality

Dubai, The Hollow City Of Artificiality

Cat-attak Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

Chongqing, China

Chongqing, China

The_Eastern_Stalker Report

Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

..cannot imagine the noise..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

Mirny In Siberia, Russia

Mirny In Siberia, Russia

ADarkcid Report

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

Ah, Good Old Car Culture...

Ah, Good Old Car Culture...

biwook Report

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

Block 23, New Belgrade, Serbia

Block 23, New Belgrade, Serbia

Porodicnostablo Report

Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

matthewstifler Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

Nobody: Southwest Us Developers:

Nobody: Southwest Us Developers:

Zidar93 Report

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?

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 75 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.