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

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
5 months ago

In the equivalent computing situation, you just add the correct cable and ignore the problem. I'm sure they'll do the same here, if a cable breaks they're not going to search where it's broken.

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cah
Community Member
5 months ago

I think it's so easy to take for granted what we have in the USA

François Carré
Community Member
5 months ago

Plus the hidden part : all these buildings chaotically built there without any global plan will eventually fall down with the next landslide. It happens all the time, and as for anything that happens to poor people in Brazil, nobody cares.

Wayne Beesley
Community Member
4 months ago

Keep breeding ….

Lucky2BAlive
Community Member
5 months ago

Bajesus Christ!! And I complain when electrical cords get mixed up.

Molly Block
Community Member
5 months ago

They've got no building codes there?

Cleo Carter
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually we do. But those are ‘favelas’ and everything about it is irregular. There’s no code for it. Not only they’re vulnerable to landslides, fires and building collapses but also these places are mostly ruled by drug dealers.

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NWB
Community Member
5 months ago

not sure ANY of that is certified!

Kimberly Brown
Community Member
5 months ago

I’m shocked these favelas don’t burn to the ground more often. One spark is all it takes.

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

Sad.

Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Heartbreaking

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

I could not handle that.

Beverly Deelstra
Community Member
1 month ago

Do these contries have now laws and that things old needto be remodeled or demolished and a new one build. Like in Canada. You will not see any rusted old cars on the streets. Its against the law.

Athena Cuevas
Community Member
1 month ago

I wonder what the death rate due to electrocution is.

Kathy Woodman
Community Member
1 month ago

Unfathomable

Amber Bedard
Community Member
1 month ago

Yikes

Rachel Meigs
Community Member
1 month ago

Hate to have to find the right one to replace!

Jerry Cynova
Community Member
1 month ago

You don't want to be a plumber or an electrician. mary c

Jerry Cynova
Community Member
1 month ago

I am so glad I live in The United States. mary c

imagae
Community Member
1 month ago

I was in Belize years ago, and it looked a lot like this.

Jared Domino
Community Member
2 months ago

how.

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
2 months ago

Makes me think of rats.

Hadleigh Tindall
Community Member
2 months ago

Delete this from existance please

Kantami Blossom
Community Member
2 months ago

That's just stupid, one small explosion and you could cut of the electricity and water to thousands of people.

Susan Widomski
Community Member
2 months ago

I have to think I live like a queen compared to most of the pictures I see here.

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 months ago

NO codes WHATSOEVER!

J
Community Member
2 months ago

I have seen the same in Iraq and Afghanistan

Mariya Lastovkina
Community Member
2 months ago

At least they finally got water and electricity!

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

Metal spiders Web

Shaun Coleman
Community Member
2 months ago

How did you get a picture of our server room???

A
Community Member
3 months ago

Shame on any government that thinks this is acceptable. People deserve better.

Alison Boroski
Community Member
3 months ago

People shouldn’t have to live like this.

gustavo silva
Community Member
3 months ago

Mind you: it's all stollen from the public infrastructure. People pay armed thugs (usually former police officers) to provide them with those solutions ("free" power/water/cable TV). If an official car comes anywhere close, it's bullets flying towards them. And in the end of the day, nobody has any idea how much energy/water is used, resulting in massive blackouts all the time. My country is just crazy.

Katherine Bordier
Community Member
3 months ago

Are there a lot of fires? That Is a huge mess.

Isabela Ivan
Community Member
3 months ago

Which is which?

JJ Buddhabrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Brazil's huge. You should've written what city and neighborhood this is at. Since not every poor area is like this! This is an extreme.

Cleo Carter
Community Member
3 months ago

It is extreme but unfortunately every major city here has places like this.

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Meri Kassner-Gomez
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks super safe…..

Kevin Watson
Community Member
3 months ago

And all of it stolen.

Kinslee Hager
Community Member
4 months ago

SHEESH WE REALLY NEED TO STOP BEING SO RUDE TO THE EARTH if I was there: REEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Aurel Chatterjee
Community Member
4 months ago

like a spiderweeeeeeeeb

BasedWang
Community Member
4 months ago

Knew there had to be some wild favela pix

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

I am so lucky to live where I do.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
4 months ago

How would you even know if or who's connected to your utilities that you're being billed for?

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
4 months ago

Billed for? Rofl

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Cathy Carey
Community Member
5 months ago

I guess they should be glad just to have what we consider the basics now.

Julia Jules Whitelegg
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh, this looks safe............

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh sorry for being so ignorant but I just do not want to know.

Sheila Ryan
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh & that’s totally safe!

Lorraine McNeair
Community Member
5 months ago

Water and electricity - great combination!

Blair Davidson
Community Member
5 months ago

LMAO

Artist Known As Lisa
Community Member
5 months ago

What a nightmare

Julie Lynch
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg fancy living in that,you would get electrocuted, burnt or flooded, terrifying

Cleo Carter
Community Member
3 months ago

Or being hit by stray bullets. That happens a lot in those places 😕

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Triv
Community Member
5 months ago

I've had dreams where I could fly that turn into nightmares like this.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
5 months ago

Engineering disaster.

Mjw Gjgema
Community Member
5 months ago

Belonging to the police or the fire brigade must be a permanent naightmare.

Brenda Pereira
Community Member
5 months ago

There are no words for this!

Josey Griffin
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg

Laughinmydreams
Community Member
5 months ago

Favela means slum.

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
5 months ago

One lightening strike, Poof!

Dipanjan Mukherjee
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow! This is amazing! Haven't come across such an outstanding suicide trap earlier!

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

Safe AND professional

Rafał Krych
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of Lisbona....

V33333P
Community Member
5 months ago

This makes me so anxious

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Then consider that the people living there have far far bigger problems to the extent that this is fine with them.

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Samantha PandaNotBored
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5 months ago

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That’s down to the company

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

Favela's are built clandestine. All of the wiring and plumbing has been done illegally, without any official safety check and taxes pay for what inhabitants of favela's use on gas, water and electricity.

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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.

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#20

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

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Watching
Community Member
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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Butter On Toast
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago (edited)

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

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