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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

This image makes me anxious :(

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#5

Beirut Port

Beirut Port

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

As a South African, I know this is not true... we also have electric fences along with what is shown.

Ann Figueroa
Community Member
5 months ago

Plus a security group on automatic call when the alarms have been triggered. Lived in SA for 6 years and every time a storm blew past, trees manage to trigger the alarm and our security team comes running checking up on us.

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B
Community Member
5 months ago

Native South African here. I left the country 20 years ago and said I'd re-evaluate the social situation in 20 years' time. Having visited most years since 2001, I'm convinced it's only deteriorated. So sad - such an amazing country with so much beauty and potential, ruined by bad politics and terrible infrastructure, and rampant crime.

Adur Bdur
Community Member
5 months ago

Same about Russia... overwhelmingly many natural resources , stunning nature, huge country, rich culture...it just hurts your heart to sea your homeland on its knees...

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Hermien Greeff
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

This is only what you see from the outside. There will also be burglar bars on windows and safety gate in front of door, alarm beams, sensors on the windows and doors, a few dogs, pepper spray at the front door and a gun in the safe.

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
5 months ago

Well this is what happens when you disenfranchise like 90 percent of the population based on race.

Kerryn Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

No, this is what happens when the corrupt government steals and doesn’t give a damn about the poor. You clearly know nothing about what’s going on in South Africa

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HempFairy
Community Member
5 months ago

Same in Brazil.

TJay
Community Member
5 months ago

In Mexico we like to glue broken soda bottles on the fences...so this is an upgrade

Kerryn Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

You see that too in certain areas in SA

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
5 months ago

That's deeply unsettling...

EADC
Community Member
5 months ago

Don't let one picture paint a bleek picture as someone who used to live in Johannesburg not all of it looks like that

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Victor Botha
Community Member
5 months ago

Please,this is mild in comparison to the majority of suburbs. Most have palisades or solid walls topped by electrified fences, security lighting or motion sensor lighting. All windows and doors have security gates and windows are burglar barred. Also motion sensor exterior beams, and virtually every street in my suburb has a street patrol program which residents contribute towards monthly.

InfectedVoice
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

My sister-in-law is originally from Johannesburg, some of the stories she has told me, up to and including her family being marched out of their farm land by machine gun, this doesn't surprise me, the place is a mess of white supremacy, black supremacy, racial-tension and repression and it's just f****d from what I have been told and read, though I have never been there myself and I could be wrong.

Kerryn Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

One word. Corruption.

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Mark Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

Glad I live in Canada.

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

You see a lot of these in Africa, because of high crime rates and social inequality. But overall, the neighbourhoods are actually very nice and house lots of affluent people. I know this because I lived there.

Kerryn Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

“Lots” is debatable. The majority of our population live in poverty

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Dave barl
Community Member
1 month ago

What kind of people need THAT kind of security??!!

Tracy
Community Member
5 months ago

Must be a terrible pigeon problem.

Andrew Alexander
Community Member
5 months ago

It's no joke, and this isn't even seen as over the top security measures. The photo is of the type of private security forces we have patrolling our suburbs 1302071714...61400f.jpg 130207171403-south-africa-security-story-tablet-60d5be761400f.jpg

Hazel Beswick
Community Member
5 months ago

The sad reality is that the honest citizens in the country live like prisoners while the gangs and criminals rule free.

Elle H
Community Member
3 months ago

Not true at all

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Peter Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

It is very neat though...

Bernadette Jamieson
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep originally from one of the most beautiful counties on earth, still have family there, and yes this is they live.

Elle H
Community Member
3 months ago

I live in South Africa and that is not how we live. Maybe you should let people who actually live in South Africa comment.

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Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
5 months ago

Others boast of a great life here !!!

Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Love your neighbor

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
5 months ago

Crime is world wide .

kurisutofu
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, pigeons are extreme in South Africa!

Shinebright
Community Member
5 months ago

Worse then that 3 metre tall brick walls with electric wire and stun point to stop climbing

Rosidah Yahya
Community Member
5 months ago

someone pls explain, why??

Jon Steensen
Community Member
5 months ago

There is a significant wealth gap in South Africa, typically with a rich white population at the top of the hirachy and very poor black people living ind despear close by in slum. Apartheid, where the white people segregrated and suppressed the black majority was only removed a few years ago, and the society still has a lot of parts of that structure left. A "career" as a criminal is therefore tempting for a lot of desperate people. Hence South Africa is a place where you have to do a lot to defend you value, with armystyle fences like the one shown.

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Nancy Taylor
Community Member
2 days ago

I live in Wyoming in a town of about 8,000 people. This is what I need to keep the deer out of my garden. They are very persistent.

Raymond Pobiak
Community Member
2 days ago

If that’s stainless steel then trust a diligent thief to remove it all and sell it to the junkyard.

Iolanda Kh.
Community Member
4 days ago

Makes one wonder who lives in prison.

Jonathan Simões
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Add cameras, a rental cop and electric fence and you are in Brazil.

Joe Average
Community Member
3 weeks ago

So is this what happens when society is very unbalanced with regards to income and rights?

SJYNYC
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Hhhhmmmmm....I wonder if this is the fall out from it's former apartheid system?? Naaaaaaah, that has NOTHING to do with it.

Beverly Deelstra
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG kill myself if I had to live like this.

Jerry Cynova
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't think they are wanting to keep the animals out.

Bobby Jean
Community Member
1 month ago

Also: San Bernardino, California, and many of its neighboring communities.

Stella Southwick
Community Member
1 month ago

All of Africa is a s**t hole

Distracted1619
Community Member
1 month ago

that is most homes in any developed area of Uganda as well

Kathleen
Community Member
2 months ago

My first thought: Just throw a blanket over it.

An Co
Community Member
2 months ago

Real question is it needed or paranoia?

Mariya Lastovkina
Community Member
2 months ago

This one is similar to the Trump-poster photo...

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

Those spikes look deadly.

DC
Community Member
2 months ago

... they even had a special version of the first 7-series BMW: They're righthand driven, so they could not employ the usual, european top model being the turbocharged 745i, as the turbocharger used room the RHD steering needs - so they implanted the then-hightech fourvalve engine, providing even more power than the turbo, in order to get their customers the chance to outperform the vehicles of people aiming at robbing them. While this isn't nice, there is a reason some places do and others don't have high rates in robbery...

Thomas E S Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn't that the Turkish Embassy?

gustavo silva
Community Member
3 months ago

In Brazil walls would be much much higher. No way you could see the house at all. And of course you'd have armed security personel standing right next to the entrance.

Paul Wairegi
Community Member
3 months ago

I didnt get what was not said in this

Daniel Embree
Community Member
3 months ago

The spikes are fashionable.

Max L.
Community Member
3 months ago

I think an automatic dummy electronic aiming laser pointing device would fit as well

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

Speaks volumes

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
4 months ago

Decades of segregation and other racial policies, the legacy of colonialism.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

I was about to add what about the Electric fences but I see that has been noted.

Blair Davidson
Community Member
5 months ago

Lovely

Julie Lynch
Community Member
5 months ago

I would be terrified having to live like this

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
5 months ago

Everywhere.

Mjw Gjgema
Community Member
5 months ago

I was there a couple of times. I miss in this photo the sign "Armed response/Gewapende reaksie" and photos of big, mean dogs.

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
5 months ago

Keep people out or in???

Jean Thompson
Community Member
5 months ago

Why, in all honesty, would you want to live like this - in fear of the "have nots" reaching you?

Amber Bedard
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Did you bother to read any of the other lengthy comments? People that live there explain why

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Eileen Schwab
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of Acapulco

miss miss
Community Member
5 months ago

We all need this now a days

Beth
Community Member
5 months ago

All this and I have never locked my door.. neither have any of my neighbours. I can't Imagine living in fear in my own home

Kerryn Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

We don’t live in fear. Sadly we are just used to it

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Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

Such disparity between the rich and poor that the rich have to live inside their prisons

Paul Harris
Community Member
5 months ago

Coming soon to a suburb near you

Bianca Du Toit
Community Member
5 months ago

Yup, that's about right. Am South African.

Kathleen van der Gryp
Community Member
5 months ago

Nou gaan elke aap in die VSA weer 'n eier lê.

NWB
Community Member
5 months ago

South Africa is not for the faint heated this is a reality for everyone!

Jeffrey Teston
Community Member
5 months ago

What if its just to keep birds from pooping on their wall and to keep those damned kids off their lawn?

Gogubaci
Community Member
5 months ago

add automated sentry guns you get the perfect 90s post apocalyptic movie

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
5 months ago

I would never live in there! The walls are not tall enough. In Brazil is the norm...

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5 months ago

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Ridwaan Dollie
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not necessary in South Africa, I am from SA. This is rather just a cheaper option for fencing, something like DIY. 🧱🏗

Stanley Judd
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5 months ago

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But BLM!!!

Jakub Dołęga
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5 months ago

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That's what Mandela did

Suzy the observer
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5 months ago

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Paranoia must be rampant. This is an awful way to live and I'm not a fan of humanity.

Dave Jones
Community Member
5 months ago

Not paranoia if violent crime is real.

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5 months ago

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Make sure no kids get in or out

Grace Barclay
Community Member
5 months ago

Very high crime rate in SA. I'm South African and this is the reality. This is more than likely an old white owned home bought by a family of colour who have managed to move to the suburban mixed areas. People of colour are victims of viscious crime too.

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#20

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

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Watching
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5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

This decadence disgusts me

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#33

The Capital Of California

The Capital Of California

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