Talking about existance, we use the structure "there is" for sigular statements or "There are" for plural ones. If we describe a place or a spot we definitely must use these structures.
In the city where I live, there are a lot of pollution and noise which come mainly from cars. There are a lot of houses because there are a lot of people as well. However there are a lot of tourist attractions to visit, for instance: The government palace, Chapultepec´s castle, Center town, Benito Juárez enclosure, Coyoacán Plaza, just to name a few.
I could mention not only good aspects about my country but also bad ones for instance:
Although there is a cultural diversity of Indian communities
There is still discrimination
Now let´s analyze there is/there are structures.