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

TownPro Report

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...

Steve Barnett
Community Member
5 months ago

“I'm tired of this back-slappin' "isn't humanity neat" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes.” (Bill Hicks).

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Christina Landers
Community Member
5 months ago

the best thing you can do for this planet is to not have kids. don't replace yourself.

Judith Wilson
Community Member
4 months ago

I've been screaming that for years. Not ONE human is interested. Mormons and the Middle East - you know - where "Jesus" was born - are encouraged and expected to produce many offspring. I think anywhere from 7 to 15 is a good start.

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Johnnee
Community Member
5 months ago

Definition of overpopulation

lunar eclipse
Community Member
5 months ago

1964 was so beautiful

Lesley Robinson
Community Member
5 months ago

At first I thought this was Vancouver.

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denzoren
Community Member
5 months ago

We always look at our species as the most advanced and most intelligent but this doesn't speak to that...this is just sad.

Janina Prado
Community Member
5 months ago

We aren't any of what you described. It is truly unfortunate, and very sad to say.

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Eulalie Grace
Community Member
5 months ago

The saddest thing is 50+ years ago people were warned about over-population. There was a movement called Zero Population Growth, to try and have a sustainable population on the Earth. And people responded by having LARGER families. Go figure.

Supergamerkids
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh god

Kim St
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

hate to say it. but where are we going to live in 200 yrs. from now. underground or on another planet. we will be out of room at the rate we are going. no one will like the solution.

Arne Magnusson
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Scripture will come to pass (Matthew 24, Revelation 13) so we won't be around anyway.

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Paul Davies
Community Member
5 months ago

Overpopulation is the root cause of all our so called climate change problems!

JPinto
Community Member
2 months ago

And greed too.

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David F
Community Member
5 months ago

Hong Kong is amazing, I wish I coutd go there someday but I'm too afraid of the harsh government

JPinto
Community Member
2 months ago

The government of China is more harsh .

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Little Ms. Quirky
Community Member
5 months ago

to summarise this picture: overpopulation

ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
5 months ago

Better to have population concentrated in a small region in tall buildings and leave areas around for trees.

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Covid Pan Demic
Community Member
2 months ago

population of world in 1964: 3,273,978,272 Population now: 7,917,129,880

Bchen Luo
Community Member
4 months ago

are we going to kill all these people? What are we going to do? you talk about them being earths "parasite". what do we do then?

Bchen Luo
Community Member
4 months ago

bruh are we gonna kill all these people to "protect the earth"

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

Once again == Progress???

Bchen Luo
Community Member
4 months ago

we cant blame people for having places to live

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Atti Elkins
Community Member
4 months ago

Cities grow. Deal with it.

Humansarethevirus
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Stop procreating. No ones special ,deal with it

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Wayne Beesley
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh my word ….parasite humans

Julia Jules Whitelegg
Community Member
5 months ago

A population cull is needed.

Bchen Luo
Community Member
4 months ago

hi thanos, nice to meet you

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MAKtheknife
Community Member
5 months ago

Make us go away!

Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
5 months ago

sad but at the same time, people need somewhere to live. Don't blame the everyman for wanting shelter.

Eleanor Green
Community Member
5 months ago

This picture is aggressive.

Joe Blow
Community Member
5 months ago

and now its all shina.

CindyLouWho1209
Community Member
5 months ago

Sad.

gma
Community Member
1 month ago

why do people want to live in Hong Kong? it may be a naive question but even arizona looks better.

Kathy Woodman
Community Member
1 month ago

Smog city

Rachel Meigs
Community Member
1 month ago

Smh

Jerry Cynova
Community Member
1 month ago

The increasing population needs more room. mc

Cookie
Community Member
2 months ago

Humans need to stop reproducing.

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 months ago

I LOVE living at gourd level!

Mariya Lastovkina
Community Member
2 months ago

Heartbreaking!

Hongkong Honey
Community Member
2 months ago

To be fair, if you zoom in on the 1964 photo, it is pretty urbanised already.

Sookie Stackhouse
Community Member
2 months ago

went really really big lol

lemsip
Community Member
2 months ago

There was a walled city in Kowloon once that had to be knocked down as the buildings were packed in. The apartments inside were tiny as well. You would have the view of another building just feet away from your window if you had any windows at all.

JPinto
Community Member
2 months ago

The old airport was in Kowloon..they were not allowed to build taller buildings back then.

Waco Bayless
Community Member
2 months ago

I think they added too much fertilizer to those buildings.

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
2 months ago

They call it progress!

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

No room for anything else

Cara Birch
Community Member
3 months ago

That is wow in the worst way possible.

Buzz Anderson
Community Member
3 months ago

Greed. Nothing but greed and stupidity.

armando cardoso
Community Member
3 months ago

Very cool! Reminds me of sim city

Fixit Mann
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't know how they get buildings more than 4 stories tall to stay standing up. And we wouldn't need them if people would just stop breeding! Maybe make it a requirement that all people be hunter-gatherers, and no industrialization is acceptable. Not even the wheel or fire.

Paul Z.
Community Member
3 months ago

We are the blight....

Kevin Watson
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait another ten years to see how it looks then..

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
4 months ago

It was so pretty before.

Margaret Weaver
Community Member
4 months ago

I can't take much more of this, maybe a joke will help some of us not cry... WOW THIS CITY NEEDS A HAIRCUT [ weak chuckle ]

Sandra Boyd
Community Member
4 months ago

Notice the difference in the sky, so polluted now

Bchen Luo
Community Member
4 months ago

h

Aurel Chatterjee
Community Member
4 months ago

Did you see how the sky changed....

Warren Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

Just look for the crumbling high rises they would be the one’s Trump built! At least until he ran out of money………………..again!!

Cheryl Carter
Community Member
5 months ago

and with the concrete comes the air pollution

Stephen Solar
Community Member
5 months ago

How do you breathe in there?

Charlene Cason
Community Member
5 months ago

I was there in 1974. Still lovely then. I reckon the whole island will eventually fall nto the sea.

Sandra Lent
Community Member
5 months ago

Kowloon city was pretty wild, in its day. And very crowded.

Khadija Hammond
Community Member
5 months ago

OMG! I really feel like that we are marching toward extinction. It’s simply cannot go on like this

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
5 months ago

Foreign money now stuck there living by draconian rules

Ocelotty1
Community Member
5 months ago

Incredibly expensive property on display

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
5 months ago

Build it and they will come

Mjw Gjgema
Community Member
5 months ago

A living graveyard

Claire England
Community Member
5 months ago

Is this progress?

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
5 months ago

WHY then does everyone Praise Hong Kong ??

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
5 months ago

Serene to chaos!

Lotus Flower
Community Member
5 months ago

The skyscraper Borg

Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like Honolulu

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
5 months ago

Its the same all over .

miss miss
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not permanent

kurisutofu
Community Member
5 months ago

oh, isn't that a before-after of a building plantation?

D K
Community Member
5 months ago

Dayum.

jjdubs W
Community Member
5 months ago

Holy CRAP!

BlahBlahBlackSheepah
Community Member
5 months ago

This is incredible

David Brier
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow. Similar to Manhattan.

ThePracticalSarcastic
Community Member
5 months ago

beautiful view during offshore flow...the onshore flow makes it hazy VICpeak-20...398b85.jpg VICpeak-2019JAN-60d4b0b398b85.jpg

Pavlina G
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow!!!!!!!

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

Humans, we are like a roach infestation.

Sue Simmons
Community Member
5 months ago

Awful. Human beings. WE are the cancerous growth.

Aaron W
Community Member
5 months ago

It looks like someone poured water on all those little buildings.

Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
5 months ago

What would happen without it. I’ll give you 10 seconds

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
5 months ago

Where did they all live before?

Elsie
Community Member
5 months ago

Not true! Way more buildings in 1964

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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.

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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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