Not every building is as beautiful as the Palace of Versailles. Or blends into its surroundings as well as the Macallan Distillery. On the contrary, there are many structures across the world looking like outcasts that will fall apart during the next storm. In some places, they aren't isolated examples, either — even an entire neighborhood can be an abomination. And you can find them on r/UrbanHell.

It's a photography subreddit of "all the hideous places human beings built or inhabit." The online community invites everyone who wants to explore the darker side of the cities, towns, and villages in our shared world and welcomes any photos which show either ugliness, or a problem in urban development. Rural and suburban nightmares are also allowed.

Below you will find a collection of pics that perfectly describe what this subreddit is all about.

#1

The Annual Monsoon Ritual Of Mumbai's Ocean Giving Back What Has Been Dumped In It

The Annual Monsoon Ritual Of Mumbai's Ocean Giving Back What Has Been Dumped In It

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SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
5 months ago

If only nature could actually give back all the trash to us, maybe we will see the damage we are doing :(

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#2

Hong Kong Street Life

Hong Kong Street Life

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
5 months ago

Thats sad...

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About half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050, two-thirds of the world's people are expected to live in urban areas. But as you can see from some of the photos in r/UrbanHell, in cities, two of the most pressing problems facing the world today also come together: poverty and environmental degradation.

Bad urban development isn't just ugly aesthetics. It's also poor air and water quality, insufficient water availability, waste-disposal problems, and high energy consumption, all of which are exacerbated by the increasing population density and demands of urban environments. Strong city planning is essential in managing these and other difficulties as the world's urban areas grow.

#3

New Delhi - During Lockdown vs. Now

New Delhi - During Lockdown vs. Now

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SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
5 months ago

For a few months earth took a breath, then humans came back with a vengeance :(

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#4

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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SlartyBlartFast
Community Member
5 months ago

This image makes me anxious :(

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#5

Beirut Port

Beirut Port

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
5 months ago

Is this the aftermath of that enormous explosion`?

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Some of the biggest problems caused by urbanization are:

  • Intensive urban growth can lead to greater poverty, with local governments unable to provide services for all people;
  • Concentrated energy use. It leads to greater air pollution with a significant impact on human health;
  • Automobile exhaust produces elevated lead levels in urban air;
  • Large volumes of uncollected waste create multiple health hazards;
  • Urban development can magnify the risk of environmental hazards such as flash flooding;
  • Pollution and physical barriers to root growth promote loss of urban tree cover;
  • Animal populations are inhibited by toxic substances, vehicles, and the loss of habitat and food sources.
#6

Uae Nad Al Sheba III Neighborhood

Uae Nad Al Sheba III Neighborhood

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James016
Community Member
5 months ago

That is really lifeless

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#7

It's Baffling How Fast It Changes

It's Baffling How Fast It Changes

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lunar eclipse
Community Member
5 months ago

Ewgh. These types of pictures make me feel depressed and anxious

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#8

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

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Sonja
Community Member
5 months ago

Excuse me...WHAT the...?!

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Solutions might include:

  • Combat poverty by promoting economic development and job creation;
  • Involve local community in local government;
  • Reduce air pollution by upgrading energy use and alternative transport systems;
  • Create private-public partnerships to provide services such as waste disposal and housing;
  • Plant trees and incorporate the care of city green spaces as a key element in urban planning.

Ultimately, cities can bring us obstacles and opportunities as well as freedom and captivity, and it's up to us to get the most out of them.

#9

People Offering Prayers At River Yamuna, India, Which Is Frothing From Industrial Waste

People Offering Prayers At River Yamuna, India, Which Is Frothing From Industrial Waste

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

And none of these fools has the sense to even consider that bathing in industrial waste speeds up your reincarnation process.

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#10

Hotel In Łodz, Poland

Hotel In Łodz, Poland

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
5 months ago

Its not a nuclear cooling tower. It is for a heating, electric and hotwater generating plant ( TETS in Russian) most are coal or gas powered and that is for releasing steam.

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#11

An Interesting Perspective I've Stumbled Upon In Macau A Year Ago

An Interesting Perspective I've Stumbled Upon In Macau A Year Ago

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

The difference between the have's and the have not's, in one photo.

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#12

Petare, Venezuela

Petare, Venezuela

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Sonja
Community Member
5 months ago

How people get in their "house" somewhere in the moddle of it?

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#13

Before And After A Desert Is Turned Into A Soulless Suburb Of A Desert. Jk, Its A Single Photo Of Arizona

Before And After A Desert Is Turned Into A Soulless Suburb Of A Desert. Jk, Its A Single Photo Of Arizona

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
5 months ago

The water waste hurts. Why do you want lawns in a desert? If you want green lawns, move to England (no offense, England. You have the rainfall, is all.)

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#14

Not A Very Romantic Scene

Not A Very Romantic Scene

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
5 months ago

Blame your government’s. This is their fault . They buy rubbish from countries and do not dispose of it correctly.

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#15

Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

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Beuska
Community Member
5 months ago

Just imagine, a few decades or hundred years ago somebody built a nice villa, and now with the urbanisation the whole thing is under a highway..

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#16

People Living Next To A Helicoidal Street In Chongqing

People Living Next To A Helicoidal Street In Chongqing

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Pazuzu
Community Member
5 months ago

looks like something from cyberpunk

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#17

Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong. Comparison Of 1964 - 2016.

Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong. Comparison Of 1964 - 2016.

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troufaki13
Community Member
5 months ago

So so sad... We really are earth's parasite...

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#18

Electrical Wiring And Water Pipes In A Brazilian Favela

Electrical Wiring And Water Pipes In A Brazilian Favela

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Sonja
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Oh yeah, I saw this one already somewhere here on BP. Would like to see the guy who would try to find which wire or pipe is the one with problem

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#19

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Jonathan
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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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?

Linda HS
Community Member
5 months ago

Why not? It's China. They copy everything

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
5 months ago

It's "Parriss", a cheap Chinese fake...

Tamara Kroonen
Community Member
5 months ago

Can I buy this on Alibaba?

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Banana Rama
Community Member
5 months ago

Compared to some pictures from China, not too bad visually. Waste if it is a ghost city tho.

T Kory
Community Member
5 months ago

It would be pretty if the sky was clear

Rosidah Yahya
Community Member
5 months ago

it is the government , the country and the ordinary ppl r awesome, it is a beautiful country, unfortunately the communist government n corruptions 'n terrible human rights ..the world knows..but wht can we do ?

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
5 months ago

More cheap fakes from China?

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 months ago

At least it's BEAUTIFUL, do the rich people (government people!) live there?!

James Madison
Community Member
3 months ago

Not a "Ghost City" anymore. Originally built to house 10,000, it had 30,000 people living in it as of 2017 (Y'know, 5 YEARS AGO). Stellar journalism, Bored Panda. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianducheng

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
5 months ago

It didn't work

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
5 months ago

there is also a replica of old town of Česky Krumlov in Tinaducheng

Rachel Waller
Community Member
1 week ago

It looks like French Silent Hill.

Nirmiti
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I kinda love it. Looks cool.

Robert Meissner
Community Member
4 weeks ago

So what? In the 17th and 18th centuries, the so-called Chinoiserie was very popular in Europe. Entire palaces, pagodas, teahouses, etc. were copied or built in the Chinese style...it was just as exotic for Europeans back then as a copy of Paris in the middle of China is today.

Laura Maria Mars
Community Member
4 weeks ago

all surreal dreams beame true

Raena Celis
Community Member
1 month ago

Ghost city, as in no one is living there?

Beverly Deelstra
Community Member
1 month ago

Now this is a nice place to live.

Jerry Cynova
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess they are thinking of the future of more people.. If they can afford it. mc

Charmwashere
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just bizarre. I know they have multiple cities that were built just to inflate thier productivity and economic numbers. Where whole cities were built but no one lives there. But this is the first city built to look like another city that I've seen. That's just weird.

imagae
Community Member
2 months ago

How weird?

Jason Huang
Community Member
2 months ago

because they have lost their soul... Used to be a proud civilization that everybody copied from.

Kantami Blossom
Community Member
2 months ago

For a country with one of the richest cultural histories in the world China seems to spend more time ripping off and building replicas of other countries culture than it does celebrating its own.

J-A Laine
Community Member
2 months ago

Wonder if Aliexpress have one or two for sale?

Anja Henriksen
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not a ghost town (the citizens was low in the beginning, but that's not unusual in a new city especially one that is very different). It's not cheap. Why do so many people think it's ridiculous they have build it? Why isn't it funny to have a replica of an European city in China? Many countries have small culture build upon another country's culture.

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JPinto
Community Member
2 months ago

The building looks nice, but will it last.

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

Doesn’t look too bad from a distance

Umi
Community Member
3 months ago

I will still live there if I lived in China a better place to live but still wtf were they thinking

Vic Rosendale
Community Member
3 months ago

Features in this music video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTGJfRPLe08

Isabela Ivan
Community Member
3 months ago

I can t believe it

Paul Wairegi
Community Member
3 months ago

What happened

James Madison
Community Member
3 months ago

Not a "Ghost City" anymore. It was built to house 10,000 and as of 2017 has 30,000 people living in it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianducheng

Michał Newiak
Community Member
3 months ago

Not a ghost city anymore, more than 30k people living there and the settlement was expanded several times.

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
4 months ago

Am I the only one who is confused on why China would make a city meant to be a replica of Paris?

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
4 months ago

The leaders did no marketing before trying to get families to move here.

Isabela Ivan
Community Member
4 months ago

Sick

Warren Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

None of the regional farmers will live there! But the government insists they move in! Even by force!!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
5 months ago

Paris without the city lights or atmosphere. . . :-(

Kim St
Community Member
5 months ago

why doesn't anyone live there?

Vivi Walker
Community Member
5 months ago

Why is it a ghost city?

Vivi Walker
Community Member
5 months ago

Why...?

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

HUH??

Mara Thorpe
Community Member
5 months ago

So eerie!

Irene Walton
Community Member
5 months ago

all the buildings are empty of people

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

The money wasted, could be helping the poor !!

Karen Anderson
Community Member
5 months ago

Population over 30,000. Originally designed to house 10,000 people but as of 2017 there were 30,000. Looking at Vegas though I don't think we can throw stones.

Deborah Blair-Krosnicki
Community Member
5 months ago

In China the GDP is determined by building real estate, so the government builds real estate where ever possible whether it's needed or not. There are other examples of empty cities in China due to this financial benchmark.

Toni Palmer
Community Member
5 months ago

Why is it a ghost town? no one live there?

Leanne Ireland
Community Member
5 months ago

Why? Coz Paris is cool, obvs

Peter Kovak
Community Member
5 months ago

There are lots of. Just type "ghost cities in China" on YouTube.

Khadija Hammond
Community Member
5 months ago

Why don’t some of the people living in those hell holes Move there and make it livable? Why do they do something like this? This is strange AF!

Paloma Vita
Community Member
5 months ago

Dafuq?

Julie Lynch
Community Member
5 months ago

Now that’s a joke!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
5 months ago

Must look pretty for tourist photo ops! Nothing to see here, move along. No human rights violations in this country. Move along now. See? Pretty!

Eder Corona
Community Member
5 months ago

So tacky

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
5 months ago

Chinese have several places like this. Cities' réplicas. Can't understand why.

Simon Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, incredible 😮

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
5 months ago

I've heard about this. Crazy.

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
Community Member
5 months ago

Probably, like North Korea, to impress someone. North Korea also has a ghost city.

Jane W.
Community Member
5 months ago

Why did people leave?

Ellie Gillard
Community Member
5 months ago

This was used in an unofficial video for the Jamie XX track Gosh directed by Romain Gavras. Fascinating but weird.

urszulat
Community Member
5 months ago

Madness.

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

What a waste for show

Gvozden Buzdovanovic
Community Member
5 months ago

no problem living there ...

Kiko Edano
Community Member
5 months ago

They pretty much make fake of anything.

Dave Van Horn
Community Member
5 months ago

and absolutely nobody lives there.

David Brier
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow. They copy everything.

Kazimierz Drapichrust
Community Member
5 months ago

so beautiful

InfectedVoice
Community Member
5 months ago

Paris syndrome.

Marylen
Community Member
5 months ago

Why is it a Ghost town though... You can imagine China doing a kind of lottery to populate the place at the same time.

rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
5 months ago

II I recall right, China's rapid economic growth meant that crazy phase of developing rural areas. The pace of building outstripped their population growth. I think there is demand as ppl see property as a form of investment but they r not ready to uproot their lives for an 'untested' new land.

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Suzy the observer
Community Member
5 months ago

Hubris with pollution.

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

There's a fascinating concept.

Samantha PandaNotBored
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5 months ago

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Didn’t the US do something similar. What a total waste of space . China is nothing but a disappointment to everyone. Untill they start behaving, they should be hit with sanctions on every level . Maybe then they,l learn that people are human beings not commodities

David F
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah it's called Las Vegas

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5 months ago

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imagine the government is now a superpower, wht can US and western world do ??

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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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