In many of the empty lots in the middle of the city, one can see lots of abandoned vehicles. All over the streets of Jeddah, you can see disabled and abandoned vehicles. This problem has existed for many years. The number of these unsightly cars increases every time it rains. Because of poor city planning and no drainage system, there is severe flooding when it rains. People die. It's a mess. Thank goodness it doesn't rain very often here, but even so, the city shouldn't flood and people shouldn't die every time it rains.
See the cat paw prints on the abandoned vehicle in the center? Who knows how long this car has been left sitting there, taking up valuable parking space in a city where parking is always such a problem. Building continues at a rapid pace here but parking always seems to be an after thought. According to this recent newspaper article, more than 17,000 abandoned vehicles were removed from the city streets of Jeddah in 2015, yet it continues to be an enormous problem.
This vehicle has been parked in this residential area just one block away from a major mall for a very long time. It's covered in dust, has broken windows, and flat tires. I found dozens of articles about the problem of abandoned vehicles in Jeddah, dating back to 2009. One of the more interesting articles was from January 2012 and featured abandoned luxury cars like Rolls Royce and Bentleys.
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