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)

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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

acamu5x Report

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.

Hugh Cookson
Community Member
4 months ago

Not for the residents .....

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A B C
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm wondering why one would even try to "advertise" like this. I mean, nobody's gonna stand there and study all the ads, so it's a waste of money!?

F. H.
Community Member
5 months ago

Most of it seem to be CAD and data management services. Those are very specialized things. You probably don't decide you need that while you walk past it. I guess there are a lot of open-plan offices in there with every person at every computer being his own little enterprise. People go there if they need a 3D object designed or a database managed and pick the offer from the advertisments.

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Apachebathmat
Community Member
5 months ago

Whole street looks like a pop up ad

Pavlina G
Community Member
5 months ago

I read this as Hyperbad……..

Happy Daihatsu
Community Member
5 months ago

Me too, it's a more fitting name.

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Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
5 months ago

looks like those scamming websites with a lot of adds

Nerd
Community Member
5 months ago

Fun fact: This plaza is in Mythri Vanam (Ameerpet, Hyd - India). Hub for any educational certifications.😊

MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
5 months ago

Begumpet isn't any better either.

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Sawdust
Community Member
5 months ago

They're really pushing the AutoCad training.

Persp Gold
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

who gets the money? the signage itself looks fairly well kept

James016
Community Member
5 months ago

I doubt the residents see any of it, probably the building owners

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Robin DJW
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder if Autocad was used to design this mess.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
5 months ago

Madison Avenue’s Wet Dream.

Raymond Pobiak
Community Member
3 days ago

I wonder how effective those signs are? I believe I’d be highly disinclined to stop and read them. But, many businesses have decided it’s an investment worth making.

Kathleen Spellman
Community Member
1 week ago

Only good thing is that pollution hasn't fouled the signs.

Loģistikas ģēniji
Community Member
1 week ago

what's a point of all this advert?

Khairul Affandy
Community Member
3 weeks ago

all those advertisements no longer serve any purpose

Beverly Deelstra
Community Member
1 month ago

This country justkills me. I would rather die than live like this.

Athena Cuevas
Community Member
1 month ago

Who needs a phones book?

Amber Bedard
Community Member
1 month ago

What a waste of money trying to advertise somewhere like this. Nothing sticks out. Its just a cluster F**k of words at this point

imagae
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow.. looks like the pain reliever aisle at Walgreens or CVS.

Marie Dobbs Brasseit
Community Member
2 months ago

No sign ordinance there!

Jared Domino
Community Member
2 months ago

it hurts my eyes

Jeetus Sohpal
Community Member
2 months ago

Reminds me of that film - They Live

Sharon Hyatt
Community Member
2 months ago

It's India, but most of the adverts are in English, hmmm !

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 months ago

Do ALL these billboards really help the business that put them there?!

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

And we complain about adverts on the telly !

LSR
Community Member
2 months ago

"Hello Mr. Manager, this is Hasan from your advertising company. We have great news, we already posted your advertisement in a very good spot! Everyone who is everyone is there with their own ads!"

Orion Countryman
Community Member
3 months ago

My eyes are twitching...

Barbara L Bristow
Community Member
3 months ago

does anyone actually LOOK at or READ these signs ????

armando cardoso
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine if pictures could give us a sense of smell as well, no one would ever want to see pics from India again. What a disgusting place and people.

Fixit Mann
Community Member
3 months ago

autocad devop data science linux chiplevel training. I think this is a tech center.

Shalini Pabreja
Community Member
3 months ago

Where do you think all the engineers come from in India?

Kinslee Hager
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

There's so much ad and sign stuff im getting a headache

Margaret Weaver
Community Member
4 months ago

Hyper bad ads.

Aurel Chatterjee
Community Member
4 months ago

ads everywhere, huh

Warren Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

NO NEED for the yellow pages!!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
5 months ago

That's worse than "pop up windows". . .!

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
5 months ago

Nasty!

Kim St
Community Member
5 months ago

really, do you think anybody reads them anymore.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
5 months ago

Got CAD? Head on down to Cadbad.

Cathy Carey
Community Member
5 months ago

You know, when you put up that many ads in such a small area people won't see any of them unless they deliberately look and read.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

worse than polution this make me feel physically sick to look at it.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

Amazing, is their air, in this area ???

Margaret Worrall
Community Member
5 months ago

I quite like it

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of Idiocracy.

Gyan Ranjan Pruthal
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey, I studied here. In one of the coaching institutions advertised here (though, can't pinpoint it exactly)

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

Yikes!

regi stra
Community Member
5 months ago

FICO

Jan the doris
Community Member
5 months ago

Hmmm bet everyone reads these ads...

LJ williams
Community Member
5 months ago

Nerve wrecking way too much going on

David Frost
Community Member
5 months ago

It's not good is it!!

Keerthi Vardhan
Community Member
5 months ago

That area is Ameerpet in Hyderabad. The view might not be striking, but It's a technical training hub and biggest in the world. People get their technical training here. It offers a lot of scope for people who want to learn any cutting edge technology. If people get fooled and judge a book by it's cover then they are wrong. These small rooms have trained enough people who are now working for reputed companies bringing great value to the technical ecosystem. They just teach you the skills you need. It's upto the intellect of the person to harness the talent from it. Ask any person who is a technical person from Hyderabad, India and it would be clear on you'd know the value attached to the place.

Julie Lynch
Community Member
5 months ago

No thank you looks cheap and nasty

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
5 months ago

And I thought Vegas was bad.

Mjw Gjgema
Community Member
5 months ago

It gives me a visual overload.

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
5 months ago

it looks like a knock-off version of of Tokyo/Manhattan's lights

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
5 months ago

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Josey Griffin
Community Member
5 months ago

No thanks

JD Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

Visual noise. Nobody sees the adverts for the mess.

Adrienne Kushner
Community Member
5 months ago

My company does drafting here in the U.S. We can't compete with India because they can turn projects around in 24 hours for practically nothing. The companies here learn the hard way when they can't use the drawings or try to contact India to have corrections or addendums added. We get a lot of jobs that have to be redrawn in order to be used. You get what you pay for!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
5 months ago

Dizzy!!!!!

Carol Goodson
Community Member
5 months ago

from these pictures, India must be about the worst place in the world to live

Di5TuRBeD
Community Member
5 months ago

All the signs are tech related. Really interesting.

Lotus Flower
Community Member
5 months ago

Billboard Borg

Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

This photograph is so meaningful. Corporations rule right now, And it’s so hard to get away from them or their influencing

ThoughtsAreNotFacts
Community Member
5 months ago

Sensory Overload! Ouch

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder why they think people will look at those ads

MC Aguilar
Community Member
5 months ago

poorman's cyberpunk

miss miss
Community Member
5 months ago

This will not be someday

Smitten Kitten
Community Member
5 months ago

This is what I imagine AR will be like.

urszulat
Community Member
5 months ago

At least it's colourful and seems to make use of what would usually be discarded.

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

Such a sad country

kurisutofu
Community Member
5 months ago

When you need an ad blocker in real life.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

Damn India again!

Real Princess
Community Member
5 months ago

The DevOps…

Levi Mittman
Community Member
5 months ago

Computers in the 1900’s:

Molly Block
Community Member
5 months ago

The only sign my mind actually takes in and understands is the "NO ENTRY" sign there on the bottom. LOL. Wow. Visually it's like some retail artwork!

murphy's law affected one
Community Member
5 months ago

Too many ads! My eyes hurts!

NWB
Community Member
5 months ago

now...I saw a sign for a bloke about my computer it was just words....can someone help me find it...lol

Travis Fox
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg it's like windows pop ups gone wild!

AnaSan
Community Member
5 months ago

It's like living with google ads

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
5 months ago

hyper bad is right.

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
5 months ago

It’s like a soccer game, or NASCAR event!

Marco Conti
Community Member
5 months ago

How effective it is to advertise there?

ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
5 months ago

These are not ads, these are shops and their nameboard with EVERYTHING that they offer.

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Banana Rama
Community Member
5 months ago

It's like living in old internet pop up ads. The kind where you'd go to close one and four more open. Time to reboot!

François Carré
Community Member
5 months ago

How do you even expect to have your ad actually noticed by anyone among this mess ?

João Santos
Community Member
5 months ago

most of the adds are digital related stuff.... but they went analogic...

ProfessionalTimeWaster
Community Member
5 months ago

These are not ads, these are shops. But you can't see the name, only what they offer. Most likely they are tuition centres or places to get computer projects done.

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
5 months ago

Amazing I can read almost all the signs - why?

Suzy the observer
Community Member
5 months ago

My eyes hurt.

David Beaulieu
Community Member
5 months ago

What a great example of bad design.

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

I guess if someone pays you to put ads on your balcony, you take the money.

Frances Petendra
Community Member
5 months ago

Marketing central

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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

NaperVillage Report

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

Cat-attak Report

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

ADarkcid Report

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

matthewstifler Report

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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