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 :(

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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.

Adrienne Doyle
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

The only time LA traffic hasn't looked like that was when everything was shut down during the pandemic.

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like any time I've ever seen LA, to be honest. Unfortunately. :-(

Kazimierz Drapichrust
Community Member
2 months ago

Thanks LA for celebrating Polish Independence day on your streets :)

T.Milly
Community Member
2 months ago

Uggg.... traffic is the bane of my existence.

Covid Pan Demic
Community Member
1 week ago

looks more like a candy cane

JJ Buddhabrot
Community Member
1 month ago

LA doesn't have efficient public transport

Katherine Bordier
Community Member
4 weeks ago

because it is the definition of urban sprawl

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PandaGoPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a Pokemon ball!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Roads most heavily traveled on that day. Why show it at its worst? To keep people away....oh, yeah, its like this all the time.

Atti Elkins
Community Member
2 months ago

The white/red lights are cool looking.

I I
Community Member
2 months ago

you guys need to share rides

Katherine Bordier
Community Member
4 weeks ago

You don't know know how often I sat on the side of the road, waiting for a ride or the bus when I was younger and had that exact thought. Car after car passed me by with one person inside it. It's frankly disgusting. Now with social media and apps on our phones it would be fairly easy to carpool.

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Eden
Community Member
2 months ago

12 lanes on the 405 lived on National and Sepulveda 1hour to get to LAX

Kubu
Community Member
2 months ago

It's so kind of them to portray Polish flag so nicely.

Improperplays
Community Member
2 months ago

Pretty yet ridiculous

Sue Grigg
Community Member
2 months ago

LA freeways are ridiculous.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

Literally, Just an image of mindless fools following a commercial idea to rob them from their hard earned cash. You can tell the love of your life that you love them on any day of the year and it costs you nothing.

MiriPanda
Community Member
2 months ago

It's Thanksgiving though, not Valentins Day?

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Pusheen_Fan🧋
Community Member
5 days ago

I like the pattern of those cars but imagine having to go through all of that

Sel Bonda
Community Member
1 week ago

Need Moosa now!

Buzz Anderson
Community Member
1 week ago

Just incase anyone missed it, Captial "L" followed by a small "a" is abbreviated for Louisiana. CAPITAL "L" AND "A" is for Los Angeles. Just sayin' and yes that is a typical evening in L.A.

Sookie Stackhouse
Community Member
1 week ago

bet there's a lot of accidents

Sookie Stackhouse
Community Member
1 week ago

omg that's insane.

Carole Gleed
Community Member
1 week ago

Once in line you can’t get out,no wonder there’s a pollution problem.

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
1 week ago

Guess the no smoking in public really helped clean the air...

Joyce Buckley
Community Member
2 weeks ago

They comes and they goes...

Trish Dixon Carpico
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Two worst traffic days in LA; Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Friday Presidents Weekend. Four hours from Riviera CC to Rancho Palos Verdes.

Łukasz Wróbel
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Polish Independence Day!

David Cadogan
Community Member
2 weeks ago

We see such scenes in movies and tv shows just to signify Los Angeles. Each time my stomach rolls!

Michał Osiecki
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Ive never seen more lanes on a highway then in LA (was like 8 each direction?). But Im from europe, our highways are small

Katherine Bordier
Community Member
4 weeks ago

This is why I have avoided LA for the past 10 years. But I really miss all my family who lives there, so I feel pressure to move back. At least my parents live in Topanga canyon and I can avoid this mess most of the time.

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

Surreal but beautiful in its own way.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks more like xmas lights.

Cathy Carey
Community Member
2 months ago

Geez, why don't they widen the streets a little.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, no.

Bernadette Jamieson
Community Member
2 months ago

Thought it was Christmas lights.

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

😳

Julie Lynch
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg I thought Melbourne was bad!!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
2 months ago

Red and white Dragon?+!!

Jane W.
Community Member
2 months ago

I will never ever drive through L.A. again. Once was too much.

Mairlady
Community Member
2 months ago

Count me out!

Donna Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep even when i was their in the early 60ies.

More!
Community Member
2 months ago

That could be any city in the world at peak hour

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
2 months ago

Denver is bad but not this bad.

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Izzy_
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep, everyday during rush hour actually.....I miss quarantine days

Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This is one of the reasons why I refuse to drive in Southern California before 10 PM. I’m not joking. When I visit friends in San Diego I don’t leave until the sun has been down for hours

PKMN Trainer Link
Community Member
2 months ago

My cousin lives in LA, but soon she'll be moving near me near Philadelphia

Hollysmom
Community Member
2 months ago

Stay home

Mario Harke
Community Member
2 months ago

Why does the Los Angeles inhabitans always create the waving polish flag with such a pleasure???

Ahkilah Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

I've been int his traffic on this day

VogueGal
Community Member
2 months ago

I miss living in big city. Moving from a city with population of 10 million to a much smaller city with 1.2 million people is just too quite sometime and not much to do!

JayWantsACat
Community Member
2 months ago

I lived in a LA for two years and I had to move because of the traffic. I ran into traffic at like 2am. It was too much.

Mrs. Jan Glass
Community Member
2 months ago

My 40-mile commute in LA used to take 2-2.5 hours. Every damned day.

François Carré
Community Member
2 months ago

Reminds me of some scenes from Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi. Almost 40 years but the movie still looks incredibly prophetic.

Suzy the observer
Community Member
2 months ago

Again, one person per car is very likely.

Monic Krugell
Community Member
2 months ago

We only need a few more stripes and stars

Brendan
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like my car journey this morning lol.

cah
Community Member
2 months ago

That's why people are leaving. Horrible place to live.

Jennifer Philhower
Community Member
2 months ago

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The American cities on here are Democratic run. I’m sure that fact with ruffle feathers here.

Whitney Gal
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, because no bad things have ever happened anywhere Republicans were in charge.

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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

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago (edited)

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

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