People On This Group Are Sharing Examples Of ‘Urban Hell’ That Look Like A Dystopian Movie But Are Sadly Real (40 Pics)




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

#2 Hong Kong Street Life

Hong Kong Street Life

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

#4 Hong Kong

Hong Kong

#5 Beirut Port

Beirut Port

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

#7 It’s Baffling How Fast It Changes

It's Baffling How Fast It Changes

#8 Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

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

#10 Hotel In Łodz, Poland

Hotel In Łodz, Poland

#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

#12 Petare, Venezuela

Petare, Venezuela

#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

#14 Not A Very Romantic Scene

Not A Very Romantic Scene

#15 Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

#16 People Living Next To A Helicoidal Street In Chongqing

People Living Next To A Helicoidal Street In Chongqing

#17 Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong. Comparison Of 1964 – 2016.

Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong. Comparison Of 1964 - 2016.

#18 Electrical Wiring And Water Pipes In A Brazilian Favela

Electrical Wiring And Water Pipes In A Brazilian Favela

#19 Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

#20 Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

Literally, Just Thanksgiving Traffic In La

#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

#22 Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

#23 Downtown Seattle, In The Heart Of The Retail District

Downtown Seattle, In The Heart Of The Retail District

#24 Progressive Insurance’s Call Center

Progressive Insurance's Call Center

#25 Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, India

#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

#27 All Residents Of Whittier, Alaska Live Inside One Building

All Residents Of Whittier, Alaska Live Inside One Building

#28 Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

#29 One More Lane Will Fix It

One More Lane Will Fix It

#30 Somewhere In Brazil In The 90’s

Somewhere In Brazil In The 90's

Baghdad Between Then And Now!

Baghdad Between Then And Now!

#32 Billionnaire Vijay Mallya’s Mansion Atop A Skyscraper In Bangalore, India

Billionnaire Vijay Mallya's Mansion Atop A Skyscraper In Bangalore, India

#33 The Capital Of California

The Capital Of California

#34 Dubai, The Hollow City Of Artificiality

Dubai, The Hollow City Of Artificiality

#35 Chongqing, China

Chongqing, China

#36 Mirny In Siberia, Russia

Mirny In Siberia, Russia

#37 Ah, Good Old Car Culture…

Ah, Good Old Car Culture...

#38 Block 23, New Belgrade, Serbia

Block 23, New Belgrade, Serbia

#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

#40 Nobody: Southwest Us Developers:

Nobody: Southwest Us Developers:




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  1. Alex chingwenje says:

    Nice mi like yo pics

  2. V.S.Sury says:

    beautiful pics. I would like to share on Instagram, if you permit