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
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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?

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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.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
5 months ago

I think there was more than just Americans involved.

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Maureen Matthew
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Or the many dictators that their own country produced

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
5 months ago

Baghdad before and after getting freedom.

I I
Community Member
5 months ago

looks like they went backwards

Zaza
Community Member
5 months ago

Is that 1st photo taken at an angle, or did someone give the building a little push to put it back upright?

No Fox Given
Community Member
5 months ago

I've been staring at the pictures for so long wondering if it was just me seeing things lol

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Thomas E S Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

Before and After Saddam Hussein. America made little to no mark in that country. Before the Baath party, Iraq was a capitalist nation on par to any parts of Europe or America. Below that layer of sand and dirt is a paved street, sewers, and many utilities that Iraqis no longer use.

Spittnimage
Community Member
5 months ago

Back to the Stone Age.

Amanda MacDonald
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone finally straightened the building. That's nice.

Cedric Claes
Community Member
3 months ago

In the 60's and 70's there were no hijabs or any kind of head-scarfs either.

Cedric Claes
Community Member
3 months ago

Baghdad in the 1970's... EpJPaAjW4A...71bb7.jpeg EpJPaAjW4AA8xdv-610d2f7471bb7.jpeg

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
5 months ago

At least they fixed the "leaning building" problem! :-)

georgios pahatouridis
Community Member
2 months ago

the ignorance of the people of the usa is overwhelming.

Susan Widomski
Community Member
2 months ago

America didn't do it alone.

SG108
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it my imagination or was that building leaning in 1967?

Teresa Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! Usually you see a huge amount of development over 50 years. This is truly horrific. It went from a modern city to a squalid Third World locale.

Covid Pan Demic
Community Member
2 months ago

One of the first pictures in this article where the place got less populated, and i can see why

Oliver Metzger
Community Member
3 months ago

f****n bomb that place they deserved that s**t

Kelly Bachhuber
Community Member
3 months ago

Americans? Try every country...even their own. Where have u been?

Jhm Mke
Community Member
3 months ago

As an American, I remember the Bush administration first bringing up the "weapons of mass destruction" that Saddam Hussein had. Without that lie, the US would never have gotten involved. I don't blame America, I blame the American leaders who lied to their constituents....

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like the same shitty place to me.

Stephen Curry
Community Member
5 months ago

Look at the clothes people are wearing in the 1960s.

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
5 months ago

War is cruel to all leaders are to blame

Repo
Community Member
5 months ago

Looked better back then

Persp Gold
Community Member
5 months ago

thank god an actual post that fits the thread

Don Quarnstrom
Community Member
1 week ago

Thanks, W.

Rachel Waller
Community Member
1 week ago

That building was hideous to begin with.

Loģistikas ģēniji
Community Member
1 week ago

AAAa?!

Giovanni Hynson
Community Member
2 weeks ago

It's what Islam want's, you must live like cave men who's only purpose in life is to worship Allah.

Vincent Bowry
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Thanks be to Dubya and his jolly coalition of WoMD crusaders

Shawn Barry
Community Member
3 weeks ago

1967 was before it was a theocracy and a long drawn out war with Iran

Thomas Sweda
Community Member
1 month ago

Did somebody reverse the photos?

jamie1707
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was a boy, I read fantasy stories that took place in Bagdad. I always wanted to go there, but I guess the famous landmarks/buildings mentioned in the stories are long gone.

Kantami Blossom
Community Member
2 months ago

That's what happens when a country keeps putting egomaniacal morons who like to start pointless wars and steal public money for themselves(Iraq is not alone in this stupidity, if you look closely at parts of the UK or USA you will see similar results).

Waco Bayless
Community Member
2 months ago

That's just sad.

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

Perhaps it would look better with more light on the buildings and what is that awful wall.

Radek Suski
Community Member
3 months ago

Glad we brought the democracy

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
5 months ago

So sad.

rustic raven
Community Member
5 months ago

Really the AMERICANS DID THIS !

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
5 months ago

Where'd the wall come from?

Mjw Gjgema
Community Member
5 months ago

""We" wanted to bring democracy there (read: protect the oil revenues) - if Irak had nothing more than camels and goats in the offering, Uncle Sam had not been interested. And what did they got? Destruction, lost of human lives andmisery for the survivors, plus, as a bonus, IS. For Syria it is the same. I have lived and worked there. This kind of involvements wear the mask of idealistic drive to bring democracy, but, like Sir Henry Deterding in 1922 on the Conference in Athens (about the future of the dead Ottoman empire) said to the American ambassador: "Let's be honest sir, don't say Democracy when you mean Oil.."

Candia Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not a good example; basic difference in pix is buildings are older, people dress differently, left pic has more light, and there's a street market.

miss miss
Community Member
5 months ago

Sad.

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

The earth and life are doomed

Ozzy Dx
Community Member
5 months ago

Before and after Americans

Brian Bennett
Community Member
5 months ago

They call this evolution?????????????

Purr·maid
Community Member
5 months ago

After and before.

مها البغداديه مزيونه
Community Member
5 months ago

اني جنسيتي عراقية كان العراق من اجمل بلدان الشرق الاوسط لكن حولها الامريكان الى اسوء بلد بالكون مع الاسف

naimah yianni
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, we all know that there were no weapons of mass destruction and that the US and my own country the UK, lied to their citizens in order to justify going into Iraq. Bush and Blair are murderers and liars and should be in jail or worse

Katinka Min
Community Member
5 months ago

I hope, the US are proud of their effort to secure oil for themselves.

Steven Lu
Community Member
5 months ago

Ahh, don't you love how freedom looks like, ehh?

Suzy the observer
Community Member
5 months ago

Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan all basically destroyed themselves. What is the common denominator, if any?

Whitney Gal
Community Member
5 months ago

American interference.

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5 months ago

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This does not mean war with us destroyed the place. Could be fault of past regime and lack of maintenance.

Whitney Gal
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5 months ago

It takes 5 minutes of research to disprove this.

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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
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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
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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