119 Times Urbanization Took A Turn For The Worse, As Shared In This Online Community (New Pics)

Think of it, there are 4.4 billion inhabitants, or around 56% of the world’s population, living in cities worldwide. Each person of these billions needs not only space but a vast array of resources to function. Then, a level of comfort, well-being and health has to be ensured, which is becoming somewhat of a challenge, to say the least.

In order to see what happens if things go out of control with cities turning into concrete jungles, we’re taking a look at dystopian, yet very real scenarios shared on the corner of Reddit known as “Urban Hell.”
This online community is putting to light the dark side of modern development which results in these candid, hard-to-look-at pictures of both urban and suburban landscapes turning into something unrecognizable.

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Scroll down through the batch of the newest posts and be sure to share our previous articles from Urban Hell here, here and here.

#1 Mumbai, India

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With the worldwide population reaching record highs, you can’t help but wonder about the future of modern living. Will there be enough space for everyone? What kind of quality of life will we have? What if the urban landscapes turn into urban hell?

Bored Panda reached out to Dr. Audrey Tang, a chartered psychologist and author of multiple books, including “Be A Great Manager Now“, “The Leader’s Guide to Mindfulness,” and “The Leader’s Guide to Resilience” to discuss these worries. Dr. Tang was happy to share some incredible insights into the state of living today and its prospects in the future.

#2 Vegas, Minus The Neon Glow

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#3 I See Your Sliding Puzzle Going Wrong And I Raise You Sao Paulo!

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#4 Landlord Puts Up Advertising On Scaffolding Which Blocks All Light And Air

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Dr. Tang explained that houses can be classed as “positional goods.” “This is a term used by economists i.e. goods that people value because of what they can convey to others; and there has been research which suggests that people would be happy to have a ‘small house in absolute terms, so long as it was bigger than everyone else’s.’ (Solnick and Hemenway, 2005 cited by Foye, 2022 in The Conversation).”

However, Dr. Tang argues that having a safe place to live falls within basic human needs (Maslow, 1943). In fact, a study by the Joseph Rowtree Foundation outlined 3 levels of poverty that Dr. Tang quoted: “Income below minimum standard making it difficult to manage the unexpected; Not enough income (where one falls short of a decent standard of living); Destitution (not being able to afford to eat, keep clean, stay warm and dry).”

#5 Mumbai, India. The Divide Between The Richest People In India vs. One Of The Poorest. Extreme Wealth Inequality On Display

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#6 Los Angeles Train Tracks Not Much Better Than India

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#7 Newly Built Kid’s Playground In Trebišov, Slovakia

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According to the best-selling author and spokesperson, many of the places where people currently live fall below that. “Take the example of Hong Kong ‘coffin homes.’ The government calls them ‘bedspace apartments’ – in other words, there is space for a bed. They are legal, although you need a license, and they are not seen as an answer to the housing and cost of living crisis (Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world), but rather a ‘stop gap’ as people wait for housing,” Dr. Tang explained.

Dr. Tang argues that therein lies two immediate problems: “first, it is not a solution, although it is easy to believe it is; and second, one might say ‘at least they have a roof.’”

Meanwhile, many journalists have investigated the living conditions in coffin homes, “sometimes contributing to what some call ‘poverty porn’ because of the ‘shock value’ of the imagery, but those who have taken the time to speak with residents will hear how they ‘feel forgotten’ or for some of the seniors, it’s simply ‘wanting to die,’” Dr. Tang explained.

#8 A Train Engine Passing Through The Bandra Station Tracks Of Mumbai, India

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#9 Gurugram, India. Aqi Over 400 Because Of Farm Fires

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#10 30 People Getting Coffee vs. 30 People Enjoying Coffe

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It brings up another issue and relates to her first point about “positional goods”. “When someone lives in space that is not adequate for their needs, there is a huge judgment and stigma placed around them, made worse if they feel the very nature of a ‘semi solution’ (i.e. ‘at least they have a roof’) is simply a way of being able to sweep the issue under the carpet… a carpet which they do not possess,” Dr. Tang argues.

According to the author, too often – “and this is a bit of an issue in psychology,” she adds – what was a temporary ‘stop gap’ becomes acceptable, and the real problem is overlooked… “Where this plays out in psychology is when organizations or schools have or bring in psychologists to run sessions or see people and no one feels the need to address the root of the toxicity because – there’s a psychologist!”

#11 View From My Hotel – Tangshan China, Birth Of The Chinese Coal Industry!

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#12 Venice Beach California Homeless Encampment

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#13 Residential Block In Hong Kong

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Dr. Tang told Bored Panda that she started the discussion with this “somewhat political point because we need to recognize that it is not just the effect of the environment at play – human nature, behavior, and stigma will also contribute to wellbeing.” She also argues that there are things that WE CAN do to make a difference, but this requires society to take steps.

#14 Calcutta

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#15 Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand

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#16 Slums Of Manila

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Moreover, Dr. Tang noted that we need to make the distinction between a ‘small home’ and a tiny area in which a person has no choice but to live out of poverty. The first one “has access to green space, modern amenities, privacy, and is laid out comfortably for the professional who will often spend their time out of it, or can still afford what the lack of space may hinder.”

And the second refers to “the person who has no choice but to live in a tiny area, with unclean facilities that are shared, little soundproofing, and the reason they are there is because that is all they can afford… and society can see that.”

“We go on holiday and ‘live’ comfortably in our hotel rooms, we camp in less and many of us will have spent time in halls of residence at university,” Dr. Tang said. Yet, she reminds us that we need to remember one thing: “while during those times perhaps we did complain a little about the lack of privacy or the noise, we may always have known that this was temporary and we could afford to go out for the space we needed rather than thinking ‘This is all I’ve got’… and that’s after working in often just as cramped conditions for pay that only affords you that house.” She added that it is a really different situation.

#17 North Korea, Keasong

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#18 Taroconte, Canary Islands, Spain

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#19 Severe Pollution In Delhi NCR, Pictures From Today And September 2022

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Dr. Tang worked with award-winning master planners who design communities, such as John Goldwyn and Alexandra Steed. “Both have voiced their concerns on modern development from within their field,” the award-winning author said.

She recounted how “Alexandra Steed discussed a project in Essex where ‘…there used to be 30000 hectares of marshland on the edge of the Thames Estuary which protected the land from North Sea storms and surges of water which would hammer the land.’ But people perceived these as wasteland – it was filled with waste, and these marshlands that were efficient at capturing and storing carbon, and home to thousands of creatures with such value – they were squandered.’”

#20 A Playground In Tokyo

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#21 Urban Hell In The Making

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#22 Kriviy, Rih

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Meanwhile, John Goldwyn gives the example of Dubai, where “…to maintain the coastline the sea needs to be dredged on a frighteningly frequent basis. This is the opposite to resilient design.”

Dr. Tang explained that “all this is because of a cacophony of money and ego and to some extent – speed/desperation which leads to ‘quick fixes’! Both Alexandra and John continue to promote the importance of understanding the landscape and basing developments on that – which would also help when it comes to protecting nature and doing much to address some of the broader environmental issues – and yet governments do not always seek advice from the very people who can actually help them help others.”

#23 Los Angeles

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#24 Cherepovets, Russia

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#25 Dhaka Bangladesh

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According to the award-winning author, we need to be working in a multi-disciplinary manner, “by seeking input from people who know the environment and who plan resilient cities and communities as their day job(!) – not just for sustainability, but ultimately for survival.”

Having said that, Dr. Tang fears that if we do not take time to listen or take advice because we haven’t planned for it, there will be tragic consequences. “We will continue to hide behind the idea of things being ‘unprecedented,’ mobilizing only at the point of crisis and using a ‘quick fix’ – when we could take steps now to build communities later ‘where every organism can thrive’ (Goldwyn) – and instead panic when the time comes and do things too quickly to put a sticking plaster over the cracks.”

Dr. Tang calls this “short sighted, ego-driven behavior.” And it’s not just going to affect the environment and our wellbeing, but life as a whole. “Is our lifestyle going to become as disposable as single-use plastics – because that’s what it looks like to me, and we all know what single-use plastics do!”

#26 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – More Than 60% Of The Population Do Not Have Plumbing. Instead Rely On Outhouse Toilets & Communal Wells For Fresh Water. Hardly Any Paved Roads With Stray Dogs Lurking Around

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#27 Alleyway In India

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#28 Address Be Like Left Testicle Dick No.7

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#29 Driving To Huaguoyuan, Guiyang, China

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#30 Is It Considered An Urban Hell?

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#31 Penchala Interchange, Kuala Lumpur (Repost)

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#32 Athens, Greece

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#33 Mumbai (Bombay)

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#34 This Is The Longest Traffic Jam Ever Recorded. The China National Highway 110 Was Clogged Up For 100 Kms For 10 Days

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#35 Even The Ocean Can Be Hell

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#36 Bangalore, South India

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#37 Pyongyang (North Korea) In 1992, Two Years Before A Famine That Killed Up To 15% Of The Country’s Population

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#38 Identical Single-Family Mcmansions

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#39 Łódz, Poland

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#40 Ice Hell

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#41 I Found This In My Camera Roll, I Think It Was From Brazil

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#42 Belfast, Northern Ireland. 1973

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#43 Average Parking Space Outside Apartments In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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#44 Bkk Building At Budapest

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#45 Concrete Island, Hashima, Japan

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#46 Falowiec (“The Waveform”), The Longest Building In Europe. Gdańsk, Poland

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#47 It’s Just Infrastructure

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#48 Tong Lau, Hong Kong

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#49 Somewhere In North Korea

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#50 Canary Wharf, London

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#51 Someone Robbed The Building And Only Left The Facade

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#52 Hell

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#53 A Highway Bridge Across A Beach In Naha, Japan

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#54 Suburban Meets Nature

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#55 Beach Life In Karachi

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#56 American Cookie Cutter Suburb: Autocentric, Boring, Dystopian, Void Of Soul, Void Of Culture, Void Of Happiness

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#57 Powai Hills Separating Rural And Urban Mumbai

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#58 Cairo, Egypt – Wonderful City With Terrible Air Pollution

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#59 Impressive Engineering Footbridge

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#60 Post Soviet Georgian Urban Hell

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#61 An Agricultural Field In Balashikha, Russia That Was Turned Into Housing Estate

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#62 Was Talking To My Wife About Bakersfield, Ca And Did A Google Image Search…holy Hell

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#63 Three Socioeconomic Classes In The Philippines

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#64 Portland, Oregon

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#65 2814 Getting Louder

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#66 Took This From A Plane Over Dallas, Tx

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#67 Being The Most Sparsely Populated Country In The World But Still Building Concrete Jungle Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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#68 Coming Back Home In Uttar Pradesh

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#69 A Bunch Of Bollards Blocking A Shared Use Path In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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#70 Light Pollution? What’s That?

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#71 College Dormitory Of Vit, Vellore, India

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#72 ?

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#73 Ads To Sportive Bet Companies In Front Of A Highschool In Romania, Buvharest

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#74 Close To Athens City Center

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#75 Taipei, Taiwan

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#76 “Progress” Is Not Always A Good Thing

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#77 Taipei, Taiwan

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#78 I Really Wish This One Specific Bit Of Scaffolding Didn’t Have A Samsung Advert [barcelona, 2022]

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#79 Belfast Northern Ireland Last Year

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#80 Welcome To Post-Soviet Tbilisi

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#81 The West Point Township In Monrovia, Liberia, One Of The Most Dangerous Place In The World

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#82 Clifton Beach, The Whole Shot

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#83 [chihuahua, Mexico] Help, It’s Spreading To Our Country (Is This Suburban Or Urban Hell, Or Rather Fuck Cars Material?)

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#84 Singapore

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#85 A Gas Station With 120 Pumps

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#86 Me Taking A Picture Of A Man Taking A Picture Of A Seagull Eating Garbage

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#87 Metro Manila , Philippines (Btw The River Is Brown)

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#88 Falling Asleep, Bangladesh. A Large Number Of Homeless People In Dhaka, Bangladesh Have Lost Their Property Due To Natural Disasters. For Them, An Asphalt Street Is The Best They Can Hope For, Otherwise They Have To Sleep On Plastic Trash

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#89 “An Astonishing Architectural Triumph” Or “The Worst Building Of The Year.” 15 Clerkenwell Close, London Ec1

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#90 New York City During The Great Blizzard Of 1888

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#91 Rush Hour In Dhaka, Bangladesh

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#92 Cookie Cutter Apartment Living: Gwangju, South Korea

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#93 Los Angeles By Plane. No End In Sight

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#94 One Of Many “Slums” Or “Informal Areas” Of Cairo, Egypt

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#95 Alexandria Egypt

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#96 Yangtze River In Chongqing, China, 2016

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#97 Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Where The 5th Largest Oil Refinery In America Is Right Behind The State Legislature And Downtown

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#98 Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#99 Circle Jerk (Punta Gorda, FL)

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#100 New York City, US

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#101 Texas, Can You Not? Plano, Texas. Photo Credit David Hawkins

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#102 North Philly

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#103 North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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#104 Do People Live Here?

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#105 Bike Lane In Clichy, North Of Paris

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#106 Moscow, Russia In 2022

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#107 The Downtown Connector In Atlanta During Rush Hour

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#108 Holy Church Of Lidl

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#109 The Sketchiest Hotel I Stayed In

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#110 Manila Philippines

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#111 Dubai, Uae. 1985 vs. 2016

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#112 So Many Broken Down Cables

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#113 The Sidewalk Where You Have To Walk Sideways, Philippines

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#114 Ahmedabad, Has The Potential Of Being The Biggest City You Never Heard Of

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#115 Down In Ohio

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#116 Seoul, South Korea

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#117 How Could Anyone Ever Want To Live Here?

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#118 Seoul Apartments

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#119 Electric Post On A Road In The Philippines. Some Absurdity Looks Photoshopped

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