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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 months ago

This image makes me anxious :(

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#5

Beirut Port

Beirut Port

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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.

Wistiti
Community Member
12 months ago

You say that as if it's meant to be better.

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Qjt
Community Member
12 months ago

This powerplant is closed for years now. But yes, the whole city of Łódź has a simmilar vibe and actually... that's why I fell in love with this place :)

Sue Simmons
Community Member
12 months ago

Poland is beautiful. ALL cities and towns have horrible buildings.

Hanna Wermand
Community Member
11 months ago

Poland is beautiful only with its nature and views. Polish cities are concrete, mediocrity, dirt and "the cheapest cost, as long as it was". What are you talking about ??? You want to show such infantile local patriotism? You're so funny. In Poland, only the old towns of the cities are nice.

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
12 months ago

Ah, Hotel Paradiso, I presume.

AspieGirl88
Community Member
12 months ago

Omg, LOL! Loved that movie. Rik Mayall was one of the best comedians of his time, for sure. It was him wearing the kinky red rubber knickers that had me crying tears of laughter, though!💀😂

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ElenaK
Community Member
12 months ago

It's all about perspective!

Ania Barrett
Community Member
12 months ago

And Photoshop

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VAG Garage
Community Member
12 months ago

Hotel Alicja today alicja-60d...56c7c7.jpg alicja-60d5d7a56c7c7.jpg

lemsip
Community Member
9 months ago

I preferred it in the top photo with a balcony and plants on it.

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Józef Nowak
Community Member
12 months ago

It is a fake - EC-II is the first of three combined heat and power plants built in Łódź after the war. The unit was designed to operate in the so-called collector system (8 boilers, 6 turbine sets). The construction process took place in the years 1955-1960. In 1960, as a result of merging the CHP plant with Łódź Power Plant, the Complex of CHP Plants in Łódź was established. In the following years the expansion continued (1 steam boiler, 1 turbine set and 2 water boilers fired with mazout). In 2006, as a result of restructuring and ownership transformations, the CHP plant became a plant owned by Dalkia Łódź S.A. Electric power was 87 MW and thermal power 578 MWt. The CHP plant supplies process steam and steam for heating purposes as well as hot water to the city areas including factories. In 2011, due to the decrease in heat demand from industrial factories, a decision was made to decommission the CHP plant by mid-2015.

yogacoon
Community Member
7 months ago

What exactly is fake about the photo?

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Molly Block
Community Member
12 months ago

I might be the only person on BP who finds these cooling towers mysterious, and beautiful in a way...

Hanna Wermand
Community Member
11 months ago

Surprise, I agree with you! :) There is something amazing about this tower, that serene vastness of it, more guarding than threatening...

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John L
Community Member
12 months ago

Maybe it's just me, but I don't see how that first picture could hide something that large.

Pau Tea
Community Member
12 months ago

Expectations vs reality...and we all fall for it

Lara Milvain
Community Member
10 months ago

Current images show that it’s pretty much abandoned; overgrown & neglected, not even fully fenced off from public access. The pub on the corner though - complete knock-down/rebuild. Looks fantastic now, but still has the scary/gloomy background. Most recent Google maps - https://goo.gl/maps/e32TqSMSoBfpyAmVA

Ola Pe
Community Member
12 months ago

This pic is fake. The ( closed for a few years) power plant was there before the hotel building was built.

Bart Wu
Community Member
12 months ago

This powerplant is out of service since 2015 (EC-2 Lodz city)

Mark Muirhead
Community Member
12 months ago

I love that people are totally missing the point with this. It's not whether the the heat/power plant is still active today, it's just UGLY. Besides which, at one point ECII WAS operational.

Tata Ludwiczka
Community Member
12 months ago (edited)

Im from Lodz, This is cooling steam tower. The other chimneys are inactive most of the decade. After all, there is no smoke from them in the photo and at all becouse the power plant is inactive

Frances Petendra
Community Member
12 months ago

That tower needs artwork

Carrie Kelly
Community Member
23 hours ago

The green paint on it below...reminds me of a very creepy funeral home and the tower for crematorium....just saying...

Bartek Biedrzycki
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Actually it's Łódź. All the letters are funny, cause Ł is pronounced like W, ó I pronounced like oo nad ź is soft, softer than j. Now you know.

BlackDogsLivesMatter
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Yikes!

Melinda Cook
Community Member
3 weeks ago

So very sad, it was once such a beautiful little hotel.

Sophia Bowers
Community Member
4 weeks ago

🤦🏻

Richard Legrand
Community Member
1 month ago

I think light green was better.

O5-1
Community Member
1 month ago

Still no just ….NO

Jenifer Markoe
Community Member
2 months ago

Nothing like ruining someone business.

Susan Stevenson
Community Member
2 months ago

beautiful facade until you zoom out

Virginia Llorca
Community Member
2 months ago

Please plant more flowers.

Valerie Smart
Community Member
2 months ago

Just no

Marcin M.
Community Member
2 months ago

As far ss I know this is abandoned steam release tower.

Hermionie Granger
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok now thas jus sad

Hermionie Granger
Community Member
2 months ago

ok now thats just sad

Anna Grace
Community Member
3 months ago

Sad 😞

Avery Melton
Community Member
3 months ago

sad

Rebecca Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

Not on my vacation stay list!

Juan Theron
Community Member
3 months ago

ok that is actually bad

Maitheunicorn
Community Member
3 months ago

Also...... Wouldn't it be amazing if they made some creative painting / street art ( sorry forgot the name of the can paint haha) on it???

Maitheunicorn
Community Member
3 months ago

I must admit...this photographer is reallyyy good at his job 😅

Jlm Jlm
Community Member
3 months ago

Reminds me of the Netflix series Dark

Theresa Tamagotchi
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks fake.

Elorus
Community Member
3 months ago

germany took its toll on poland hasnt it?

Jb Dean
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s all about perspective! And location … it’s also about location. 😉

Barbara Campbell
Community Member
3 months ago

Would be better with before and after dates. The after photo shows how hideous ill thought out building and city planning can ruin an idyllic setting.

Tsadik Ngash
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this photoshopped?

L Pederson
Community Member
3 months ago

😳😳😳

Liky K
Community Member
3 months ago

If they just painted the plant it wouldn't look so bad ;-;

elfin
Community Member
4 months ago

They should paint the tower green.

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4 months ago

Expectation verses reality

Roza Tyler
Community Member
4 months ago

Why is the hotel green !

Stupid horse
Community Member
4 months ago

Its used to look so bright and happy...

Tammy Hynes
Community Member
5 months ago

Even the sky is a shutter colour of blue

Windy Hen
Community Member
5 months ago

nice

Bobby
Community Member
5 months ago

The toxic pairs stay at this hotel.

Kathleen MacLean
Community Member
5 months ago

Thank you Samantha.

underapalm
Community Member
5 months ago

Turned the place grrreeeennnn....

Joanna Beatriz Olivera Barbosa
Community Member
6 months ago

How to kill a business in 1 year

Kylie Cantwell
Community Member
6 months ago

Depressing.

Karma Kuntz
Community Member
6 months ago

"Excellent"

LDog
Community Member
7 months ago

It's still horrible

Laura Maria Mars
Community Member
7 months ago

certainly a cozy place

Mishte Tine
Community Member
8 months ago

Stoic little hotel.

Russ Toy
Community Member
9 months ago

that's photoshop.

J
Community Member
9 months ago

I remeber playing a WW2 Nazi vs Soviet tablet game that had Lodz on it.

Carole Gleed
Community Member
9 months ago

Good job it’s only steam,what a blot on the landscape.

John Smith
Community Member
9 months ago

hotel owner refused to sell

Aleksandra
Community Member
10 months ago

Well it's a fake picture

Judy Rahn
Community Member
11 months ago

my mind is saying 'ewww, not in my backyard (NIMBY)'

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
11 months ago

reminds me of 'up'

Stephen Solar
Community Member
11 months ago

The hotel owner makes the place attractive but the rest of the world says no.

Wendy Bryan
Community Member
11 months ago

It's still ugly.

Kay Maxey
Community Member
11 months ago

This photographer did a fantastic job editing out the background!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
11 months ago

Looks like the bottom photo is the one that’s PHOTOSHOPPED, not the other way around

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
12 months ago

OMG

SF Angel
Community Member
12 months ago

welcome to Hell citiens

Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
Community Member
12 months ago

Oh how very ad!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
12 months ago

Really??

Mairlady
Community Member
12 months ago

Holy Crap!!!

Jiri Jung
Community Member
12 months ago

cool https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7395683,19.4519383,3a,75y,306.09h,88.93t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-QHAdlGh3qqVBoBM-L92VA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Mazer
Community Member
12 months ago

This makes me feel ill

Dipanjan Mukherjee
Community Member
12 months ago

Even the plants that were there on the balcony have disappeared as a sign of protest against this sight pollution (and, of course, air pollution). However, these probably are necessary evils.

Carsten Petersen
Community Member
12 months ago

Looks like as CS:GO map ;-)

Hollysmom
Community Member
12 months ago

What a shame

VAG Garage
Community Member
12 months ago

http://www.hotel-alicja.pl/galeria.html

Michigan Guy
Community Member
12 months ago

so...a hot tub. cool beans!!...

Rick
Community Member
12 months ago

On the plus side, they won’t run out of hot water for a long time.

Dash Blue
Community Member
12 months ago

The top photo is probably on the hotels brochure, and web site.

Farid Red
Community Member
12 months ago (edited)

This is why i always check with google street view before i got somewhere new. NEVER EVER FOREVER EVER believe picture from hotel booking site.

Rafał Krych
Community Member
12 months ago

There is Technical University of Lodz campus on the other side of this heating plant. I've been living there as a student for couple of years. The plant itself wasn't so bad. We had a dyeworks close to our dormitory windows which used to stink a lot. Stench was was, so intensive that eyes start to prickle. Yep, Lodz is so ugly.

NWB
Community Member
12 months ago

hard pass from me thanks

BlahBlahBlackSheepah
Community Member
12 months ago

Bless their hearts

Tata Ludwiczka
Community Member
12 months ago

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F. H.
Community Member
12 months ago

Ah, a picture from the old web. How did someone find it in such a high resolution.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
12 months ago

S**t

Brian Bennett
Community Member
12 months ago

Guess which came first!

Jo Choto
Community Member
12 months ago

Well, it's the happiest building in the neighborhood!

denzoren
Community Member
12 months ago

I'd like a hotel with a really good hot water supply....well I've got the place for you!

K Witmer
Community Member
12 months ago

The simpsons nuclear plant

Janet PoCo
Community Member
5 months ago

Sums up Poland

shado
Community Member
12 months ago

next nuclear meltdown coming ... would you like the Continental breakfast with that?

David Beaulieu
Community Member
12 months ago

Something about that green... its the same color as insulation panels in the US. Makes this look under construction to me. Also agree not a nuclear tower, just a cooling tower.

Night Owl
Community Member
12 months ago

Perspective matters

James016
Community Member
12 months ago

What the actual......

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
12 months ago

Omfg hell no

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
12 months ago

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wouldn't want to fallout with the neighbours

Eva the Egg
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12 months ago

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Come to our hotel restaraunt! We have radiation chips and make the best tocic pie

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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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 months ago

..cannot imagine the noise..

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#36

Mirny In Siberia, Russia

Mirny In Siberia, Russia