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

DrFetusRN Report

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...

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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)

Eric Law
Community Member
5 months ago

That's kind of how it works in a desert...

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
5 months ago

So many geographically challenged people in comments here. Could you guys at least go look up where Cairo is before demanding trees.

Amy Dubois
Community Member
5 months ago

Hahaha!

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Treessimontrees
Community Member
5 months ago

I was there in 2014, it's a dystopian sight - a total mess.

Dave P
Community Member
5 months ago

Remember the slums of Cairo get running water only 2 hours a day and they must load up in buckets and bottles. Most days they get electricity for only 12 hours. The rich areas dont have those restrictions.

Christina Gude
Community Member
5 months ago

As a 15 yr old living in Pakistan (1969) we had a water tank (cistern) about the size of a hot tub/spa that we could fill every Thursday night and would miraculously last a week. It also served as a swamp cooler, too.

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Matthew Phillips
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like the surface of the Death Star from Star Wars!

Valerie Linares
Community Member
5 months ago

It looks HOT!!

Vanja Timmers
Community Member
5 months ago

Getting claustrophobic just looking at it

infinite upvote
Community Member
5 months ago

Geez. It's gotta be like 140° in the summer there

Linda Mermaid
Community Member
1 week ago

Sooner or later Mother Earth will realize she has an infestation, and she’ll start to scratch it.

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
2 months ago

Humans don't deserve this earth.

Janna Gelfand
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder how people get between the buildings. It doesn't look like there are any walkways or even side streets.

Lotus Flower
Community Member
5 months ago

The stone Borg

Community Member
5 months ago

At first I thought this was some cool rock formation :(

Carol Helander
Community Member
1 week ago

This is Hell.

David Lawson
Community Member
1 week ago

Wrong, that's a shot of the Death Star

Khairul Annuar
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Isn't this part of Cairo's "City of the Dead"? A UNESCO Heritage site, where the living reside amongst cemeteries and mausoleums since centuries ago? Look it up. I think it's fascinating in many aspects.

Gregor Barclay
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I can almost see the exhaust port that leads directly to the station's core.

Charles Bosse
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Cairo is a beautiful place really, but if they wanted to show the distopic side, they should have gotten a section with a bunch of occupied unfinished buildings (unfinished to avoid taxes).

Yvonne Torburn-Clark
Community Member
1 month ago

That dusty mess is a living city?

Athena Cuevas
Community Member
1 month ago

Terr-i-fying! What is the crime rate?

Krystle Fooks
Community Member
1 month ago

Lack of personal space overload!

Jerry Cynova
Community Member
1 month ago

and your house is right there? mc

Ananya Chakraborti
Community Member
1 month ago

This picture made me feel weirdly sick

Marie Dobbs Brasseit
Community Member
2 months ago

Are there any through roads?

Christiaan Vanzieleghem
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like the surface of the Death Star.... now i want to fly a X-wing.

Ken Daniel Murphy
Community Member
2 months ago

Surface of the death star.

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 months ago

Who the hell want's to live there?!

Donna Bandy
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't even see a street! I guess everyone walks there.

C.S.
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like the surface of the death star with the trench running through it.

Sel Bonda
Community Member
2 months ago

Jus like pyramids blasted and it's debris strewn around!

Waco Bayless
Community Member
2 months ago

Would it kill them to add a little color?

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

How do people move around, once in you stay there til you die.

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like beige lego's

Joyce Buckley
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a beige world...

Cara Birch
Community Member
3 months ago

I thought that that was sand. I didn't realise that there could be that many houses anywhere.

Shaun Coleman
Community Member
3 months ago

Nice urban tree canopy.

Jeri Woodrow
Community Member
3 months ago

For such an advanced civilization, their urban planning leaves a lot to be desired. It’s just so….blah…boring…depressing…..sad.

Joy
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like a circuit board.

Lindy Mac
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

No, No... I zoomed in and found some trees on the main drag on the left side of the picture.

sandra tison
Community Member
3 months ago

At first I thought this was all desert rock. Even knowing this is a cityscape it looks like ari arid expanse.

Ellen Ranks
Community Member
3 months ago

No green everywhere. Looks like my worst nightmare.

Isabela Ivan
Community Member
3 months ago

It s good that they are building a second Cairo. In a way...I visited Cairo 2 yrs ago and the downtown area, near the Museum of Archeology, is green.

Jeff Lefavor
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my hell. What can possibly live there !!

Paul Wairegi
Community Member
3 months ago

Desert mode activated....who converts their oxygen

Ruth Nelson
Community Member
3 months ago

such a depressing sight! No colors

Amanda MacDonald
Community Member
3 months ago

Very color coordinated.

Mimi M
Community Member
4 months ago

I call Cairo 'A city the size of a country'

Margaret Weaver
Community Member
4 months ago

This looks like those basalt column formations with the six sided pillars, except horrifying and lifeless rather than oddly satisfying. Even just the colour... mile after mile of concrete dust. x_(

Teresa Taylor
Community Member
4 months ago

This looks like a desolate wasteland.

Sarra R
Community Member
4 months ago

Still not as house crowded as Manilla.....

Tayro Oliva-Cardona
Community Member
4 months ago

blind ass motherfcking gov

Tayro Oliva-Cardona
Community Member
4 months ago

people: ITS THE GOVERNMENTS FAULT! Government: tf we do

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

Is this before or after Armageddon??

Hugh Cookson
Community Member
4 months ago

Cairo has been like this for centuries - go further down towards the Nile and its actually very lush. Paradoxically, the City of the Dead is astonishingly green ....

Isabela Ivan
Community Member
4 months ago

Fortunately a New Cairo is being built

Warren Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

NO WAY do I drive a taxi, in that town!! You would need at least 3 G.P.S. machines with you at all times!!

Cheryl Carter
Community Member
5 months ago

there is absolutely no color! how depressing.

Kim St
Community Member
5 months ago

not a single color. depressing. just browns.

Amanda Windsor
Community Member
5 months ago

Sandcastle town.

J BM
Community Member
5 months ago

I thought Mexico city was on top of each other , almost looks like a dumping ground :0

Tracy
Community Member
5 months ago

Not a lot of lawnmowers being sold here.

Diana Hockley
Community Member
5 months ago

OMG.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

Breathing, in concrete, it looks like a death trap !!!

Bernadette Jamieson
Community Member
5 months ago

Mud hut?

Juliette Dauterive
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks hot.

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

No thanks.

Jan the doris
Community Member
5 months ago

What? So glad I won't be around much longer to see images like this

Tora Wookiee Macaw
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks more like the surface of the Death Star.

Julie Lynch
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s the first thing I noticed, no green, no parks or trees, very depressing.

Sara Mccracken
Community Member
5 months ago

so depressing

Lise Archambault
Community Member
5 months ago

Terrible.

Ed Martin
Community Member
5 months ago

But there is no color either just this drab dirty grey.

Josey Griffin
Community Member
5 months ago

Just concrete

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
5 months ago

I thought I wanted to visit????

Polly Culberson
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, but not a single bit of color of any kind.

Shaun Coleman
Community Member
5 months ago

That looks so depressing.

Jean Thompson
Community Member
5 months ago

Can only see one street in all this mass!

Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
5 months ago

It is all the same color, big deal. reason-the sun is hot, white reflects.

Luna Lovebug
Community Member
5 months ago

This reminds me of my niece trying to cover her zits under a thick layer of foundation.

Dipanjan Mukherjee
Community Member
5 months ago

Look a bit further and you'll probably see the pyramids standing on a vast stretch of the desert. What a fabulous contrast! Or, have they constructed these 'prisons for the souls' around the pyramids too!?!?!?

Tara
Community Member
5 months ago

Yea to be honest I have visited Cairo and my humble opinion is that their rooftops are vastly under-utilized. They could have so many gardens, solar farms etc up there but most of them are just covered in trash.

Tan eng huat
Community Member
5 months ago

looks like surface of the death star.

Willem Oostdyck
Community Member
5 months ago

Megacity 1, these are the outskirts..... ( Judge dredd theme song)

urszulat
Community Member
5 months ago

Horrendous.

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

Any nature or chance for nature has been destroyed. What a depressing existence

Tricia Baughman
Community Member
5 months ago

Did they ever hear of a thing called paint in Egypt?!

Reynard
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

It's in a desert, light colored buildings reflect light rather than absorb it so that they are more energy efficient.

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Michael Gaskell
Community Member
5 months ago

The worst bit it 10ft off the picture is the start of the Pyramids

kurisutofu
Community Member
5 months ago

"You can't miss me, I'm in the beige house at the corner!"

Sarah
Community Member
5 months ago

Makes me ill.

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
5 months ago

What a nightmare

Kiko Edano
Community Member
5 months ago

Trust the force Luke.

Glynna Bowood
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like China but lower in height!

D K
Community Member
5 months ago

Believe it or not there are a handful of places in Cairo with trees such as parks, sporting clubs, close to the Nile, newer housing developments etc. Not much other than that; after all, it’s in the Sahara Desert.

Nugget
Community Member
5 months ago

God,I would get totally lost.

skyfire the nightwing-seawing
Community Member
5 months ago

Imagine the air quality with that lack of plants!

Salam Payne
Community Member
5 months ago

Terrible heat

Johnnee
Community Member
5 months ago

Overpopulation yet again

Ray Heap
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like somebody over did the "extrude" filter in Photoshop.

HempFairy
Community Member
5 months ago

I need some green. Sorry, Cairo.

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

It looks worse from the aerial view, that's for sure.

Supergamerkids
Community Member
5 months ago

How can they breathe well?

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
4 months ago

Think of all those unwashed, stinking bodies there.UGH,Phew

Hunglike Jesus
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like termites trying to live as humans

AndersM
Community Member
5 months ago

Been there. It's a s**t hole. Ugly, dirty, full of plastic and litter everywhere.

Suzy the observer
Community Member
5 months ago

Water? Trees? Life?

Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
5 months ago

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Rosidah Yahya
Community Member
5 months ago

boring

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5 months ago

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I wonder how many people were having sex in this pic just as this photo was taken.

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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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