Nail Houses: Holdouts Developers Couldn't Touch

Nail Houses: Holdouts Developers Couldn't Touch

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Jennifer Hunter
Sep 5, 2014
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A newly-built road had to be diverted around this apartment building in Zhejiang province via the Guardian.

In quickly-developing China, the term dingzihu or 'nail house' refers to a house or other structure whose owners bravely (or stubbornly, depending how you look at it) held on to their homes as the landscape changed around them — they stick out like the head of a nail.

In some cases, the utilities have been illegally cut and owners are forced to live like squatters in their own homes. Most owners are trying to eek out a better price for their valuable property, while others simply don't want to move.

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A nail house in Rui'An, Zhejiang Province whose owner, Zheng Meiju refuses to vacate due to lack of proper compensation Via Kotaku

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In 2007, this house was stranded on an island, surrounded by a construction site via the Guardian.

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The residents of the Yangii village in Guangzhou, China have proven to be especially stubborn, this construction project was delayed 2 years thanks to the nail house owners. Via ABC News.

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This farm was stranded between 3 freeways via Sina.

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We're not sure we could hold out like these folks, but we applaud their pluck, nonetheless. It sure makes for a fascinating contrast between traditional Chinese culture, and the rapidly growing commercial sector.

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