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

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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

Darko Pešić
Community Member
5 months ago

Just proves that money doesnt buy you taste or morality

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Lekha
Community Member
5 months ago

This guy is an infamous money launderer and fugitve of India, currently hiding in UK fighting extradition case

Little king trash mouth
Community Member
5 months ago

So you're saying his house is available? lol

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denzoren
Community Member
5 months ago

This is just....come on. If I'm a billionaire I want a huge farm. I want space so I can grow forests and have wild animals. Why would I do this.

Suzy the observer
Community Member
5 months ago

You are sane and honest. He is neither.

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Joonscrab
Community Member
5 months ago

So much money spent on a house for it to look like This?!?? Vijay mallya sucks and I hate how he escaped.

Peter Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

At the same time, that is astonishing, grotesque, totally pointless, and truly horrid!

Watching
Community Member
5 months ago

Stole money, built it and disappeared.

Aaron W
Community Member
5 months ago

And he gets a free view of the cricket ground. Some people will do anything to avoid paying for stadium tickets.

Ian Milne
Community Member
5 months ago

That doesn’t look like a cricket ground

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H Edwards
Community Member
5 months ago

This is movie-villain levels of insanity

Wistiti
Community Member
5 months ago

Uglier than what I leave in the toilet, to be honest.

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
5 months ago

I mean, the guy may suck but at least his home isn't taking up acres and acres of land.

Suzy the observer
Community Member
5 months ago

Obscene, pretentious, decadent and pathetic.

maya P.K
Community Member
2 weeks ago

frst off, hes ew. second off, id be terrified that id fall or the whole thing wold tip over. try to get me to run even once up there!

Libstak
Community Member
5 months ago

A billionaire yet the rooftop and overall building lookscstained and poorly maintained. It's also pretty gross design

Spittnimage
Community Member
5 months ago

Hope nobody sleepwalks.

Cinzabeary
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of Gargoyles

John Montgomery
Community Member
5 months ago

I was about to say the same thing.

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YupItsMe1234
Community Member
5 months ago

I would have gone through so many soccer/baseballs as a kid

Sue Grigg
Community Member
5 months ago

Sickening.

Rosidah Yahya
Community Member
5 months ago

where the poorest n the richest met?

Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
5 months ago

What a dump ….. Literally

Purr·maid
Community Member
5 months ago

Are you flipping serious!!?

Mare Freed
Community Member
23 hours ago

And then he gets drunk and falls off.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
2 days ago

I guess he is not afraid of heights.

LDog
Community Member
1 week ago

obscene

Rachel Waller
Community Member
1 week ago

That looks like a badly-done Lego scene.

Loģistikas ģēniji
Community Member
1 week ago

some earthquake.. and billionaire have nothing.. sore for my bad wish..

David Niño
Community Member
1 week ago

Drop a BOMB

Jazmin Gill
Community Member
1 week ago

Does that vaguely resemble the white house to anyone else?

Deep Bhowmik
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Great place for a game of soccer.

Deep Bhowmik
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Who's up for a game of soccer?

Nirmiti
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Probably because they had no other place to put it. 😑

Jonathan Simões
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Is this the tower in Hitman's 2 Mumbai mission?

Laura Maria Mars
Community Member
4 weeks ago

poor guy he is

Ash
Community Member
1 month ago

This guy is accused of money fraud, estimated around ₹9000 crores or 1.3 billion usd!

Izzy the mushroom
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I hope your happy on your high horse, that’s really unnecessary

Rick Drew
Community Member
1 month ago

The entire skyscraper is his house.

Athena Cuevas
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It’s easy to ignore the ugly truth when you’re so far away from it. Also, from a diff pov: we don’t know who lives there, maybe it’s someone who houses homeless or feeds the starving…let’s hope. Let’s hope the same way that whoever lives there hopes they don’t have to go down to the street and face the peasants.

Kathy Woodman
Community Member
1 month ago

Unconscionable 😡

julien
Community Member
1 month ago

simply ugly

Ryan Pfeffer
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like an excellent bomb target

veronica bingham
Community Member
1 month ago

A couple of hundred family's could live in there & still have room to move. *sigh*

Minh Phuong Nguyen
Community Member
2 months ago

remind me of this https://vietnamtimes.org.vn/100-year-old-house-on-the-roof-of-a-villa-in-hanoi-32897.html

Magicka De SPell
Community Member
2 months ago

And stil ugly

Сергей Сергеевич Захаров
2 months ago

paradise with eelectricity

Jeetus Sohpal
Community Member
2 months ago

If there’s an earthquake that mansion is fooked

404_Panda_Not_Found
Community Member
2 months ago

What about the people who ACTUALLY need help? (Im sure he can spare a few essentials and money?)

JuniorCJ82
Community Member
2 months ago

Could his middle finger(s) be any bigger?

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 months ago

Talk about a penthouse de luxe!

Teresa Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I’m just waiting for the giant earthquake to knock him down to the squalor around his country.

Jef jeffin mcjeffy
Community Member
2 months ago

Whoo fancy

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

That is amazing how did he get all the building materials up there.I wouldnt feel safe up there all the same

armando cardoso
Community Member
3 months ago

Again the dumbest most disgusting people in the world.

Lindsay Higgins
Community Member
3 months ago

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Maria Kuczynska
Community Member
3 months ago

So stupid !

Jenny Rosbach
Community Member
3 months ago

Ew

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
3 months ago

I certainly would not swap my little place for this.

JJ Buddhabrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Billionaires are soulless people.

Paul Wairegi
Community Member
3 months ago

Earthquakes of India could fix that anytime😅

James Dean
Community Member
3 months ago

This is Minecraft in real life

Amanda MacDonald
Community Member
3 months ago

It still looks dirty and haunted.

d.j. pass
Community Member
3 months ago

That defines conspicuous consumption.

Sandra Boyd
Community Member
4 months ago

At least there are trees to be seen.

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
4 months ago

Good for him

Lauri Ceriani
Community Member
4 months ago

What a d**k move. Lord it over everyone by literally looking down on them and be sure to make your penthouse mansion hang over the edge of the building, hovering over the entire area, so that no one can miss the fact that you are sitting up there like an arrogant pig. Disgusting.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
5 months ago

Must not be afraid of heights.

Grace Note
Community Member
5 months ago

Obscene.

Julia Jules Whitelegg
Community Member
5 months ago

What a vile thing to do.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
5 months ago

The only defense necessary is air defense.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

and I bet he owns everything around him. I am disgusted by what I see

Beatrice68
Community Member
5 months ago

🤮

Jan the doris
Community Member
5 months ago

Feel sick....

Khadija Hammond
Community Member
5 months ago

I’m sorry but I burst out laughing. It is so over-the-top but it is funny. It’s ugly too. But I suppose he feels safe up there.

Tora Wookiee Macaw
Community Member
5 months ago

Talk about looking down on the little people!

Stan Chung
Community Member
5 months ago

Wasn't this in the film, Tenet?

Eder Corona
Community Member
5 months ago

So tacky, again.

rustic raven
Community Member
5 months ago

What happens in a earthquake guess he will be on ground level ;=][

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
5 months ago

Stupidity at its Best. Or worst.

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
Community Member
5 months ago

It is abandoned and thata is why it looks the way it does. I think, if it was someone else that owned this, people would like it. I think it is kind of cool and unexpected.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
5 months ago

Flaunt that wealth.

elfin
Community Member
5 months ago

The Rich and Shameless.

Bo Beau
Community Member
5 months ago

Can't blame this on the Americans.

mcmp
Community Member
5 months ago

I like it!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
5 months ago

Could have his money to better use!

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
5 months ago

They live off the rent.

I I
Community Member
5 months ago

we have houses on tall buildings , usually flats , looks weird

James Montgomerie
Community Member
5 months ago

Not any more, he’s broke and a fugitive livi in the Uk

Eileen Schwab
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like an advanced Lego project

Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

I’ve got mine screw the rest of you

Candia Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

What is the rest of the building used for?

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
5 months ago

Way to show the world I am rich and you are not

urszulat
Community Member
5 months ago

Greed makes you insane.

Hollysmom
Community Member
5 months ago

SHAMEFUL

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
5 months ago

This is just insane! Imagine how people bellow this mansion feel, and how noisy it is whenever they are renovating something in mansion.

Tingkhong
Community Member
5 months ago

Is that top of UB city

Tanvir Ahmad
Community Member
5 months ago

That's just sad!

kurisutofu
Community Member
5 months ago

To be honest, if I was that rich and I needed to live in a big city, I would want to do this ... of course, if I can choose to live in a place with a view, like on a mountain or something, I'd chose it instead, but if I had to stay in town for business purposes, I'd go for a house very high.

Farid Red
Community Member
5 months ago

That how to have private life.

jjdubs W
Community Member
5 months ago

I cannot tell you the nightmares this place, and going anywhere close to the edge, would give me.

NWB
Community Member
5 months ago

the disparity of poor and rich is out of control!

Sarah McManus
Community Member
5 months ago

Vulgar 😠

Anthony Cerreta
Community Member
5 months ago

I’m sure he probably owns the skyscraper as well.

Gregg Long
Community Member
5 months ago

Makes me think of the Castle on top of the skyscraper in Disney's Gargoyles

Alex Nelson
Community Member
5 months ago

India's Xanatos?

Venatrix324
Community Member
5 months ago

…imagine dropping something by accident

A
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Yuck. Literally looking down at the peasants.

InfectedVoice
Community Member
5 months ago

Talk about putting yourself on a pedestal, f**k this guy, looking down on the people, I hope they catch him and lock him up for the rest of his life, but of course not.

New Prometheus
Community Member
5 months ago

A tad arrogant.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
5 months ago

Still looks like crap.

Karl Baxter
Community Member
5 months ago

This is obscene given the poverty that exists alongside it. His soul is shrivelled.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
5 months ago

The only safe place to live in Bangalore.

Deborah Hillary
Community Member
5 months ago

Actually he ran out of money, fled the country and didn't finish it...

Deborah Hillary
Community Member
5 months ago

https://wonderfulengineering.com/indian-billionaire-builds-his-own-white-house-on-top-of-his-skyscraper/

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Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

I guess nobody can get him all the way up there.

Molly Block
Community Member
5 months ago

I LOVE this!!!

David Brier
Community Member
5 months ago

Hunter Biden put a bid on it.

Don't Look
Community Member
5 months ago

Now THAT is what I expect from India. *shudder

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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

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: