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?

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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..

Legio Nellen
Community Member
5 months ago

its a monorail or light rail train-not a metro, they are usually not noisy at all from my exp in Kuala Lumpur

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Joseph Dowling
Community Member
5 months ago

Jake: How often does the train go by? Elwood: So often you don't even notice it.

Molly Block
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of a hotel at Disney World.

TheTopTenz 37
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes I know this one! I've eaten here once or twice

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Kay Maxey
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow! No standing at a bus stop in the rain!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
5 months ago

Roll out of bed into the train!!

MelFunction
Community Member
5 months ago

At least there is plant life in this one

Athena Cuevas
Community Member
1 month ago

I’ve grown up rural all my life and while I’ve visited big cities I’ve never been able to live in one. That being said, I think this is so cool. So do alot of my other country bumpkin friends. And I promise there are things where I live that city people would think is the ultimate peaceful beauty that we are extremely perturbed by. If we could all trade our rural and urban homes for a month, do you think we could appreciate each other’s point of view? It would be a great social experiment. Sort of like ‘Wife Swap.’

Hadleigh Tindall
Community Member
2 months ago

(( you finally fall asleep then )) RRRRRRRRRRRREEEE BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR CH CH CH CH BRRRRrrrrrrr...

J. F.
Community Member
5 months ago

Saw that on a post about Japan on here - the buildig is a dedicated station for the train

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
5 months ago

No, it's not. If you take 5 seconds to type, monorail runs through building Asia, into Google, you come up with a dozen stories about Chongqing China with pictures of the above residential building from different angles.

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Rachel Waller
Community Member
6 days ago

That's a really cool idea! "Monoraaaaaaiiil..."

Margaret Jones
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Reminds me of that song "The railroad runs through the middle of the house, where the parlour used to be."

Izzy the mushroom
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It’s going through a freaking BUILDING , WTF HOW

pennyTDM
Community Member
1 month ago

Who needs an alarm clock when you’ve got this

Richard Barlow
Community Member
1 month ago

Little known town of 31 million

Brendan KWOK
Community Member
2 months ago

The maglev's are surprisingly silent

lol idk
Community Member
2 months ago

that one house in the middle isn't for living in its a train station... i've been there before...

Jason Huang
Community Member
2 months ago

It's like in a tacky sci-fi imaginative film, a train running through your building...

Sharon Hyatt
Community Member
2 months ago

At least it is clean there and there are TREES ! ! !

Bjorn Palenius
Community Member
2 months ago

This is not the worst picture from that city.

jevais
Community Member
2 months ago

This a whole new level of Horrific!

Curry on...
Community Member
2 months ago

Which was built first?

Waco Bayless
Community Member
2 months ago

And I thought it was bad when I lived 'next to' a train track.

Carole Gleed
Community Member
2 months ago

Only for deaf people

DC
Community Member
2 months ago

In Berlin, there's a highway through a large house. Somewhere in the southwest, a brutalist building from the late 60's or so ... "Tunnel Schlangenbader Straße". There, the noise is cancelled by having the structure supporting the highway and the house fully seperated. But it has some similar strike to it, when you see it the first time...

Joy
Community Member
3 months ago

Gives a whole new meaning to the shakes 😕

Michelle Brandt
Community Member
3 months ago

Where the rent is cheap but you have to deal with constant train noise...yikes.

Lindy Mac
Community Member
3 months ago

I pity the people who bought an apartment just before the government decided to put train tracks through the building. If you buy after... you know what you are getting.

Losferatu
Community Member
3 months ago

Just like in Disneyland!

Paul Wairegi
Community Member
3 months ago

The rumbling when you about to eat, sleep or use the toilet

BasedWang
Community Member
4 months ago

these pix are still not deterring me from wanting to go to Chongqing

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
4 months ago

Can only sleep between the passing of the trains.

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago

You can't even hear the trains. Its a monorail, and the track is not connected to the building, and they used rubber and special alloys to absorb all the noise and vibrations. Residents love the damn thing lol Probably rose the property value like 30% lol

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Zbenguet
Community Member
4 months ago

Who thought this was a good idea?!

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago

The people who designed it to run smooth, and noiseless to the residents. Disney has one just like it going throw a hotel lol

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Sue Phillips
Community Member
4 months ago

How often does the train go through? So often you won't even notice it.

Diana Murtaugh
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait..WHAT?!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
4 months ago

You would constantly be having to straighten your pictures on the wall. . .!

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago

Or just hang it right first time, there is no vibrations and residents swear you can't hear it. Track goes threw its not attached, and its a monorail, like Disneyland has, its designed to be quiter then the trafic at street level lol

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Amanda Windsor
Community Member
5 months ago

What came first? Train lines or flats?

Julia Jules Whitelegg
Community Member
5 months ago

The noise and the vibrations damaging the building.

Uchman
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope, it does not. The rails are suspended and not attached to the building structures itself. It also has rubber wheels to eliminate sound.

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Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
5 months ago

WHY??

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago

Because monorail, rubber wheels, and simple vibration dambpning desin make it insanly smart, and probally raised the value of the whole building lol. People wish they had this s**t in other countries. Think of the Disney Hotel its same concept, no one can hear it, or feel it in their apartments, and they got an elevator system that takes them from their floor to freaking train station. Yeah a ton of people would kill for this lol

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
5 months ago

Free rent, no thanks !!!

Wendy Bryan
Community Member
5 months ago

I love the sound of a train at night, just not in my living room.

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago

MONORAIL. It has rubber wheels the trafic from the street is louder...

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Wendy Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

Whoa!

JC Stiehl
Community Member
5 months ago

Speechless

Mjw Gjgema
Community Member
5 months ago

Traffic through your bedoom.

Janna Gelfand
Community Member
5 months ago

Wait!!! Is that a moving train that goes right through an apartment building? At first I thought it must be an abandoned train that people live in.

Jane W.
Community Member
5 months ago

And it used to be a problem to live NEXT TO the railroad tracks!

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah but this is monorail. You know that thing Disneyland has circling it you can't even notice when you are directly under it lol

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Community Member
5 months ago

The monorail in Sydney also went through buildings, it was clever, this is clever.

Eileen Schwab
Community Member
5 months ago

this completely blows me away

Rajan Narasimhan
Community Member
5 months ago

What about the vibrations all day and all the year through !!!

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Zero vibrations, MONORAIL for starters, rubber wheels, and track doesn't connect to the building. Residents swear they can't hear it, and can't feel it. I mean Disney has a hotel with one of these going through it lol

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zovjraar me
Community Member
5 months ago

at least there's some green in this one

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
5 months ago

You can literally jump into train from your living room, but still: NO!

Bianca Du Toit
Community Member
5 months ago

F**k no.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
5 months ago

That's nothing, in America we have planes g- Nevermind, somebody already made this joke.

SZ
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, at least public transportation is nearby

Natalie Kudryashova
Community Member
5 months ago

Which came first?

Dave Van Horn
Community Member
5 months ago

Imagine living there and having the train run through at 3 am. No sleep for the wicked

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago

They can't feel or hear it, so I imagine they sleep in knowing they just got walk down the hall hop in the elevator and be at the train station on way to work. God they must sleep like logs...

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Roe Rainrunner
Community Member
5 months ago

Imagine stepping out of the train - and being home :)

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
5 months ago

Is hate to be the apartment on the 6th floor!

Cinzabeary
Community Member
5 months ago

Jonathan Heard a Sound.....

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

No amount of soundproofing would make those apartments livable.

Zalzany Games
Community Member
3 months ago

Yet there is no reported sound in any of them. MONORAIL it has rubber wheels, its not connected to the building at all, it passes through simple vibration absorbtion tech. Disney has a freaking hotel that costs top dollar with one going threw it its not even new tech or a new idea lol

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Suzy the observer
Community Member
5 months ago

*eyeroll*

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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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