I recently had the opportunity to produce a drone short about Phnom Penh’s infamous “Shit Canal” for The Atlantic‘s CityLab to accompany an article by Erin Hale and pictures by Ricardo Perez-Solero Llosa.

While mildly repulsive to many foreigners and Cambodians, the city’s most infamous waterway is not atypical of 19th-century urban planning. Most others, however, have simply disappeared underground, in cities from New York to Tokyo.

More on the canal’s history, why it’s still around, and how it affects nearby residents’ lives, please read Erin’s article.