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

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

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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..

Gregg V
Community Member
5 months ago

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Paid for by the Democrats of California re-election committee.

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Kevin Camp
Community Member
5 months ago

Welcome to California, come for the great weather, stay because your homeless.

Wilf
Community Member
5 months ago

Just reminds me when I discovered that "wrong side of the tracks" isn't some cute folksy sayinging in the USA, it's a real thing. I remember being so shocked when I took a rental car for a "road trip" between two conferences about 10 years ago, and I drove through smaller US cities. One second you would be in quiet, quite pleasant suburbia, and then you'd cross a railway crossing, and BOOM, utter third-world levels of squalor on the otherside of the tracks. No transition, no warning, no industry- straight from people cheerfully mowing their front lawns, to people living in caravans and shanties. Weird.

WildBerry
Community Member
5 months ago

You should have visited Native American reservations if you wanted a real eye-opener. Or the poor in the Appalachian mountains. The poverty you saw is nothing compared to those areas of the USA.

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Dave P
Community Member
5 months ago

San Fran is worse. Why do you think 2 million people left, half of them for Texas. Cali has high homeless, high trash rates, poor resource management, and high political corruption

TJay
Community Member
5 months ago

Nah...they leave cause they can't make it in California...places like Texas are cheap for a reason

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gricelda jacquez
Community Member
5 months ago

OMG! This is the picture they decided to post? Sacramento, California is nice, historic and has amazing architecture. Yes, homelessness exists as it does throughout the world.

Katchen
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, this is the outskirts, where the freight trains pass by. Also near the highway, hence the billboard meant to be seen from said highway.

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
5 months ago

If Mr. Rodgers was a city planner, we'd have less of this.

lemsip
Community Member
2 months ago

Love Mr Rodgers. I wish we had his programmes in the UK as well. Would have been better than Magpie, Swap Shop and TisWas. He went into broadcasting as he hated children's TV so much and saw that it could be improved upon. I saw the film about him starring Tom Cruise last year.

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elfin
Community Member
5 months ago

Definitely cherry picked, though. Much of Sacramento is very nice, though it can get hot and is getting hotter. It tends to have lower buildings than a lot of big cities. And it has a humongous number of trees. https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/sacramento

Banana Rama
Community Member
5 months ago

Kind of glad Mr. Roger's isn't around to see this TBH

Alicia Fullbright
Community Member
5 months ago

As a person who lives in Sacramento California, it's so hard to see this image. As a city we have been trying to find the right solution for homelessness. We give vouchers for hotels, have shelters available, and are using tiny houses. In spite of all of this there are still a group of people who will NOT live indoors. We have tent cities too. This is so hard to deal with. SACRAMENTO IS TRYING TO HOUSE ALL.

WildBerry
Community Member
5 months ago

Just put the ones who refuse to live indoors into cages. Hose them down to clean them and their toilet area. Animals the lot of them.

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Rose Sakkara Blacke
Community Member
5 months ago

illegal dumpers do this in every city

lemsip
Community Member
2 months ago

Mostly house clearance firms rather than individuals. That's what's going on in the UK. Council inspectors search through the rubbish to find an address and then contact the people living at that address and find out from them which house clearance firm they used.

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Nola B
Community Member
1 month ago

All of you please stay in California. You have ruined your state with your politics. Don't come to Texas and ruin ours. We're very happy with our economy and cost of living, don't need your input.

John Burtis
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah, California, the liberal paradise, where businesses and honest working folk are fleeing by the thousands while the Governor touts the hundreds of low paying jobs being created. In that state you're either in the top 1% of wage earners or you live in a yurt or in a tent on a sidewalk afflicted with midieval diseases. The days of the Golden State being a land of golden opportunity are long past unless you're a member of the criminal class.

John Burtis
Community Member
2 months ago

California - the liberal paradise...

Daniel Embree
Community Member
3 months ago

The rent is outrageous there!

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
4 months ago

And there is this same sight all over the world so why pick out one spot here? After taking this photo did you collect some or all of this trash and help to clean up this area?

JD Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

This is what wealthy Californians have done to the entire American west. Nobody can afford a house. Their fleeing their state has put the rest of us out of reach of rent/ a home. The Haves displace the Have Nots. .. The American Dream is a nightmare.

Jane W.
Community Member
5 months ago

One person dumps some stuff, and others take it as an invitation.

WildBerry
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes because studies have shown that the message people get from seeing this is that it's ok to do there. Studies also show that if a city has litter, it will attract more litter and if it's clean, people will hesitate to litter.

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Robin Hodge
Community Member
5 months ago

People leave because they don't want to end up homeless due to high taxes and corruption.

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
5 months ago

And how many people can actually name the capital?

WildBerry
Community Member
5 months ago

Better yet, how many care what the capital is named?

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Rosidah Yahya
Community Member
5 months ago

irony

Purr·maid
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh I love that they did this.

Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
5 months ago

So build infrastructure, bring in jobs house people and give people lives to live .

Gabby M
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Oh my goodness, wow, no one ever thought of doing that before. Thank you for sharing.

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Jerry Bell
Community Member
19 hours ago

I left for southeast Texas country living in 2004, I'm never going back

Don Quarnstrom
Community Member
6 days ago

America is a garbage country. Go figure.

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 week ago

Disgusting!!!

Nirmiti
Community Member
2 weeks ago

That’s just cruel.

Susan Bonney
Community Member
2 weeks ago

It's better than a lot of American cities.

Izzy the mushroom
Community Member
1 month ago

How ironic

Athena Cuevas
Community Member
1 month ago

Somebody did that on purpose, right?

Melissa Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah yes, Sacramento. Lovely, isn't it?

jamie1707
Community Member
1 month ago

jfc, we are a bunch of effing slobs.

Sylvanticx
Community Member
2 months ago

this is what more industrial areas of big CA cities look like. this is nothing new.

Suz66
Community Member
2 months ago

We keep hearing how Newsom is going to fix it. Unfortunately he’s paying a bunch of bureaucrats $300k+ and nothing gets done. San Francisco and LA are the worst.

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 months ago

Because we ALLOW everything and everyone here! Blame our BAD Governor! YES to the recall!

Covid Pan Demic
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh ill be your neighbor, ill take the cardboard box next to yours

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

I will if you clear a space for me…..on second thoughts no.!

gpc1965
Community Member
3 months ago

by now if there's breathable air, it's fine.

Ingela Axelsson
Community Member
3 months ago

No thank you....

Plane Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

There’s the nice places in Sacramento, and then you’ve got central downtown.

StnFlwr
Community Member
3 months ago

That's nothing. I've seen worse in California.

Elisa Cleek
Community Member
3 months ago

No way that pic is Sacramento. This is Sac. Screenshot...55-png.jpg Screenshot-2021-08-06-at-21-26-32-Sacramento-Google-Search-610e0b99f2555-png.jpg

Elisa Cleek
Community Member
3 months ago

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Anita Pickle
Community Member
4 months ago

They found a great picture if Sacramento

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
4 months ago

oh Bull! Sacramento is a very pretty town still. this is far out in the country from there, could be any street in the world!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Homeless people come to California from all over the nation. Some states even put them on buses and send them to California. A number of homeless individuals are homeless out of choice. They refuse to enter shelters or housing because they would be required to live by any rules. Many others are mentally ill and because of certain laws, cannot be helped against their will. Look at the many articles about Governor/President Reagan's cavalier attitude toward the mentally ill. https://www.abc10.com/mobile/article/news/local/california/a-brief-history-of-mental-health-care-in-california/103-537434252

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

If he saw, where his poster is, he would be sad !!!

Steve
Community Member
5 months ago

I thought the Governor's mansion would be a little nicer

MAKtheknife
Community Member
5 months ago

ACK!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
5 months ago

Sad.

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

hm. yes, indeed

Christina Gude
Community Member
5 months ago

If THAT isn't a slap in the face of this wonderful guy (RIP...and Peace is really is).

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
5 months ago

Holy offerings.

I I
Community Member
5 months ago

got most of a house under it

Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

A good daily burn

ElDiablo_562x666x3
Community Member
5 months ago

And still cost $2500 a month......

miss miss
Community Member
5 months ago

You voted for your gov Newsom. Now shut up and like it

Alicia Fullbright
Community Member
5 months ago

This problem has existed for a long time. Decades actually. Newsome is no prize, he inherited this with the office. That said, weather has a lot to do with homeless people coming out here from all over. Out here you can survive a winter. People seem to think that California is the land of milk and honey. Not true at all. Yes our cost of living is higher than other states. Like anywhere else, you need to work hard to live like a human. We end up paying for so many non Californians it's horrible. Maybe the other states should properly tend to their own and not expect California to pay for the failure of the other states to their citizens.

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Bbb
Community Member
5 months ago

South Sac?

Anne
Community Member
5 months ago

Well he did invite them to live there..

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
5 months ago

yeah, nah...

Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
Community Member
5 months ago

My poor birth state. Am glad we left.

Nevits Yibble
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah because this photo represents the entire state of California. You people are such triggered f***ing morons

riley_is_not_your_friend
Community Member
5 months ago

Go f**k yourself. I'm a Californian. Compassion much?

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Michael C Brent
Community Member
5 months ago

Blue state shithole.

Jennifer Philhower
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

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Democrat run state.

westwing
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

And thank god for it! https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-06-14/california-defies-doom-with-no-1-u-s-economy California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy “The Golden State has no peers when it comes to expanding GDP, raising household income, investing in innovation and a host of other key metrics”

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WorldNeedsReboot
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5 months ago

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Kommiefornia is a prime example of how Amerika has become a 3rd world country

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
5 months ago

...Says the Trumper.

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Bill
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5 months ago

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A Long time Democrat run state. See a pattern here?

M O'Connell
Community Member
5 months ago

'Democrats' aren't the ones who gentrified working-class neighborhoods and made them so that their long time residents couldn't afford to stay. A large number of the homeless people in California do have jobs, they've just been thrown out of the housing market by greedy developers.

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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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