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.

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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

Gregg V
Community Member
2 months ago

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Why no Trees in pots? Why no public swimming pools? No Helicopter pads? Why do the houses look like the US? Why the small windows? Why the same look a like housing and colors? No chimneys? No chickens? It still looks ugly and poorly designed. If this is their idea of a future moon base - no worries.

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Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
2 months ago

well... Actually a good idela though...

Sawdust
Community Member
2 months ago

They're not taking up land elsewhere, at least.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

I suppose it's better than tar and gravel like the roof of every other mall.

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Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Why not. Good use of space!

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

And good idea for antisocial people in crowded cities

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Beeps
Community Member
2 months ago

Made me think of “Do androids dream of electric sheep?”

Natalie
Community Member
2 months ago

Just another example of the haves and have-nots, really. The wealthy families who can afford to build themselves large homes in a surreal, park-like surrounding, versus poorer Chinese people who live in much more basic, overcrowded urban areas or rural villages

rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I would love to live here honestly. Convenience, amenities, space around to have a garden and even safety as robbers would have to get through mall security first, etc. The downside is that ppl living in those high-rises can spy on you.

Winx
Community Member
2 months ago

Can you imagine what one of those must cost?

Rcath
Community Member
2 months ago

It would suck to lose your frisbee or baseball... Your turn to fetch.

Lululoohoo
Community Member
2 months ago

Found in an article: But instead of looking for four rich families seeking single-family homes in the middle of the city, they plan to use the mansions to house the mall's 160 real-estate management employees.

Candia Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

Dormitories for the mall workers?

kybourbonpearls
Community Member
2 months ago

Are their cars on street level? Is there an exterior elevator they take to get down? What is the white building in the middle?

juztme
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe aircosystem??

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

This just shows how desperate they are for undeveloped land

Banana Rama
Community Member
2 months ago

Better than wasted space?

Mimi M
Community Member
1 month ago

Here's an extreme upper-class example of same: https://www.bhsusa.com/manhattan/midtown-east/434-east-52nd-street-phg/coop/20383671#

Vlad Kollerov
Community Member
2 months ago

WoW! This always was my dream!

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
4 days ago

Cute little penthouses!

SG108
Community Member
4 days ago

No trees to help being able to breathe good air among all the chemicals

Covid Pan Demic
Community Member
1 week ago

Not a very bad place to live tho, u have a mall right under your house

Sookie Stackhouse
Community Member
1 week ago

wow and if you need something, it's right there!! lol

Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
Community Member
1 week ago

How do they get their cars up there?

Carole Gleed
Community Member
1 week ago

Good idea if you are hard up for space.needs a few flowers though.

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
1 week ago

Handy when you run out of milk.

Libby McMillen
Community Member
1 week ago

No shade.

Libby McMillen
Community Member
1 week ago

No shade

John McMurray
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I'd never sleep with my active 1 year old!

Myriam Ickx
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Who gets to live in those houses?

Katherine Bordier
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Every mall rat's dream home.

ISuckAtLife
Community Member
1 month ago

not very private if you ask me.

Mimi M
Community Member
1 month ago

Kinda neat, actually.

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

Brilliant use of wasted space, what else would you do with it?

Kim St
Community Member
2 months ago

my guess is this is where the rich live. it must be part of the penthouse.

Julia Jules Whitelegg
Community Member
2 months ago

Really weird

Lorraine McNeair
Community Member
2 months ago

Guess that kind of makes sense.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 months ago

I am unable, to fathom this idea !!!

MAKtheknife
Community Member
2 months ago

As least its up and not out.

Susan Sheldon
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice vantage point from which to breathe in the filthy air up there.

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

☹️☹️☹️

Blair Davidson
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome

Johan Plane
Community Member
2 months ago

Penthouses?

Ronnie Beaton
Community Member
2 months ago

Handy if you run out of milk I suppose.

Ginny Swart
Community Member
2 months ago

Very substantial houses, must belong to rich people

Artist Known As Lisa
Community Member
2 months ago

How odd

Julie Lynch
Community Member
2 months ago

Better than living in those high rises, fire traps

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF!

Simon Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Ceos living there🤔

Simon Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Weird 🤔

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 months ago

Country living.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

The lucky few

Janna Gelfand
Community Member
2 months ago

Complete with lawns!!! I wonder who lives there!!!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
2 months ago

Good use of space.

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
2 months ago

And why not if you have money

Dipanjan Mukherjee
Community Member
2 months ago

And do the people staying here have to walk through the crowded malls to reach their homes? That will make the homes even better!!!

Bohumil Peřina
Community Member
2 months ago

even 10 people living there is better than have a plain grey roof, huh?

Hollysmom
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm guessing these are the ultra rich

Laura Watts
Community Member
2 months ago

A bit weird to live there but great use of space

Michael Gaskell
Community Member
2 months ago

Manchester tried that 😬😂

Silvia John
Community Member
2 months ago

Definitely prohibitively expensive. And because of the air pollution, despite the altitude, you don't have a nice view. How terrible.

kurisutofu
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, why not? I like it actually.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

If you put trees and sh*t on the other buildings this would be nice.

Daniel Gilroy
Community Member
2 months ago

That's kind of a clever use of space.

NWB
Community Member
2 months ago

looks so strange! At least there is grass I guess!

Kira Okah
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder if these are still here, last I checked this is illegal in China, previous attempts at stuff like this were removed. People don't own the land and the government would never approve this.

Erin Grant
Community Member
2 months ago

8 floor mall? How many stores is that?...

KT
Community Member
2 months ago

That is so bizarre

CP
Community Member
2 months ago

Why would anybody wanna live here??

Suzy the observer
Community Member
2 months ago

Hubris.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

The higher up you are, the more smog there is.

Lara Verne
Community Member
2 months ago

Illusion of peaceful surroundings

Persp Gold
Community Member
2 months ago

better like your neighbors

Nicola Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't like mine that much and they're a lot closer.

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SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
2 months ago

So, build a grass plane and cute houses - in the middle of the concrete jungle and the poisonous air....I do not understand this..

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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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