Mate, it's not even just that - they use the cheapest, shittiest method to do it, too. Roads here, despite the heat, don't melt, your shoes do. They don't wear down like that, except over a long period of time, and buses don't get concrete stop pads to stop the road surface sinking. An Asphalt road is perfectly fine(well, it's fit for purpose, at least, there are other reasons to use concrete, like being gray instead of black), if you build it properly. But building it that well is far more expensive - plus, you also have a greater range of temperatures to account for, not exactly snowing half the year down here.
I encountered more than a few streets like that in the UK, be it because it was meant to be that way, or just because the road had worn down to the point the cobbles were showing through. Nothing wakes you up of a cold morning like stepping on a loose cobblestone, having it shift, and shooting a nice jet of freezing melt-water up your trouser leg.