Imagine having to wake up in a dystopia where all trees have been made of plastic, all streets are submerged in rubbish, pollution is so horrible that you can’t even see the sky anymore, and rivers have transformed into concrete.
According to the eye-opening subreddit Urban Hell, this is already happening in various cities throughout the world. According to the group’s description, its 689k members share “all the terrible places human beings made or live,” and as you can see, these are not beautiful.
Scroll down to see real-life examples of urban hell that highlight the ugly side of modern development that is often overlooked.
#1 A little boy collects recyclables from a semi-dry drain in Taimoor Nagar, New Delhi.
#2 Magnitogorsk is one of Russia’s most polluted cities. Only 28% of children born in the town are totally healthy.
#3 This is Inequality in South Africa
Not too long ago, urbanization was viewed as the ideal way of modern living, one that appeared to be highly efficient, tidy, and flexible to individual demands. Most significantly, it attempted to serve a rapidly growing population that was lacking in space, infrastructure, and opportunity in suburban areas. Over the last few centuries, our economies have gotten more industrialized, causing people to migrate to cities.
According to the United Nations (2018), by 2050, 68 percent of the world human population will be living in metropolitan areas, which will continue to expand in size. And today, we no longer refer to cities; instead, there is a new term for cities considerably larger than a city.
#4 Plastic trees, yes!
However, when it comes to rapid urbanization, the picture isn’t always rosy. The greatest issue directly linked to this current phenomenon is rising poverty, with local governments unable to offer services to all citizens. Furthermore, concentrated energy use causes increased air pollution, which has a negative influence on human health. Simultaneously, automotive exhaust contributes to higher lead levels in urban air.
Another consequence of fast urbanization is what is known as ‘urban sprawl.’ When a city’s population disperses over an increasingly large geographical area, this is referred to as urban sprawl. While cities continue to expand beyond their initial boundaries, they begin to encroach on vast tracts of land previously used for agriculture.
#5 San Francisco in USA
#6 Norisilik in Russia
#7 During the Great Depression, a photograph of Central Park was taken (New York, 1933)
#8 Before Vs After Town Square in Bartoszyce, Poland
#9 Residential Building in Hong Kong, shot on 35mm film by me
#10 The largest ghost town in the world, Turkey’s Burj Al Babas
#11 In Manila, there is a disgusting canal near my house. I wish people would take the time to see how rapidly our environment is deteriorating.
#12 Ferentari, Bucharest’s Poorest Neighborhood – Most Apartments Are Squatted And Lack Electricity; Is this really In The European Union?
#13 This is Las Vegas, YES!
#14 Flag of the Urban Hell
#15 Life in Macau
According to the United Nations (2018), by 2050, 68% of the world human population will be living in metropolitan areas, which will continue to expand in size. And today, we don’t talk about cities; instead, there’s a new name for cities with populations greater than ten million: “megacities.” Tokyo is an example of a megacity, with a population of approximately 40 million people.