We all love an underdog, don't we? Someone who won't be bullied, who will stand up for themselves and their rights in the face of all-powerful corporations and governments, they give us all hope that we little guys do have the power after all.

Often referred to as 'nail houses' or 'holdouts,' such as these have become high profile media sensations, particularly in China where the brave homeowners receive widespread support against the perceived bullying of the powers that be. Anyone who has seen the movie 'Up,' or Australian classic 'The Castle' will identify with this! These holdout cases most often happen when the government needs land for highway building or decides to do resident relocation of the whole village if the land that it sits on serves a purpose for mining or other heavy industries. Since selling property isn't something that can be forced, some people stand their ground, refusing to take the ridiculously small buy out cash.

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#1

Edith Macefield Refused To Sell Her Home Even After Being Offered More Than 1 Million Dollars For It. She Later Became The Inspiration For The Movie "Up"

Edith Macefield Refused To Sell Her Home Even After Being Offered More Than 1 Million Dollars For It. She Later Became The Inspiration For The Movie "Up"

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Adan Luna
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4 years ago

I would have honestly taken the 1 million dollars.

Paola Martz
Community Member
4 years ago

Man, maybe she's lived in there all her life! Maybe that's where she has all her.memories of her beloved ones.. I wouldn't like to think that a precious place like that would turn into a souless building...

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Denise Mirto
Community Member
4 years ago

a woman of principle

Patrick McKenna
Community Member
4 years ago

resisting corporate greed. gives me faith in mankind this stuff.

Poor unfortunate soul
Community Member
4 years ago

What a cute little home

Pol Macqueron
Community Member
4 years ago

I read "inspiration for the movie Up" and began to cry

Rcatheron
Community Member
4 years ago

Good for her!

Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

Edith has some balls.

Autumn
Community Member
4 years ago

wow. So that is how they got the inspiration for Up... having a elderly person that refused to sell their house although it was going to be taken down by a big company... I wonder if she met a scout and they went on a great adventure to Paradise Falls, meeting a talking down and a giant colored bird in the process..? Good job on this because she loves her house better than the million dollars she was offered.

Also Ansinfer
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4 years ago

Definitely have to "up" vote...

Undead Soldier
Community Member
4 years ago

The building is blocking the light :(

Chandni Patel
Community Member
4 years ago

Love > Money

Laurie Delorme
Community Member
4 years ago

Good for you Edith!

ex-jedi
Community Member
4 years ago

There's a great 99% Invisible podcast about her, called Holdout.

Phemonoe 153
Community Member
4 years ago

I love that podcast but haven't heard that episode yet. Thanks for the recommendation, and including it's title. Rock on!

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Jaswinder Singh
Community Member
4 years ago

Home sweet home...

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
4 years ago

Seeing how they build around her, I'd move the hell out. Ridiculous decision, but I respect it.

just a thought !
Community Member
4 years ago

Same ...I would feel suffocated with all the tall lifeless buildings around me ...

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Jeremie Guerra
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4 years ago

1 million to move? Wouaw, that's determination!

Xavier Francis
Community Member
3 years ago

I knew this looked familiar

Beverly Palmacci
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm surprised the construction didn't kill her. That must have been living hell!

Eddie77
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4 years ago

I would have taken the million dollars

lldickson@mac.com
Community Member
4 years ago

How did she survive the construction phase, I wonder? Must have been hell.

Richard Petch
Community Member
4 years ago

I think she did right telling them to FO, her house is nice and shaded now against winter and hurricanes as the bigger buildings will shield her house against the worst of the weather.

Johnson Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

Depends on where this is, 1 million dollars is not enough

Fsociety
Community Member
4 years ago

I would take the million dollars and make them move the house to a nice location.

Princess Jade
Community Member
4 years ago

$1 Million really isnt that much money tbh. She should have asked for more...

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
Community Member
4 years ago

She doesn't get to decide how much and they also don't move the house. None of this works that way. They tell you what they'll pay and it's up to you to relocate. You don't take your old house with you and they don't also buy you a new house on top of that. You take it or leave it. These people left it and I don't blame them. Sometimes you have to stand up for the little guy and I think it's great. It's not a ridiculous thing to do at all as some people are saying. People should learn a little more about Eminent Domain before they pass judgment. It's a nasty process.

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Tanya Kysel'ova
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4 years ago

this is cute

Raquel Bacardi
Community Member
4 years ago

This was in Seattle. House is gone now unfortunately.

william ingram jr
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4 years ago

seattle!

Ingrid Tsai
Community Member
4 years ago

I would have taken the offer if it included a free house. Hey, if you are gonna take my house, better give me another one. And it better be good.

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
Community Member
4 years ago

that's not how it works although I realize you're being facetious. Eminent Domain is not always a very fair or nice process for the person being displaced.

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Rebecca Weeks
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4 years ago

House surrounded by Gray concrete rdepressing.

Janice Roquero
Community Member
4 years ago

Bit daft if you ask me.

Community Member
4 years ago

1 million dollars? I would've sold it in a heartbeat.

Priscilla Winslow
Community Member
4 years ago

What year was this? Average and nice houses where I live (Northern Virginia) easily cost $500,000 (the cheap ones) all the way up the $2.5M. And they are NOT mansions. You're lucky if you get 3 bedrooms.

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Cyndi H
Community Member
4 years ago

Is this for real?

varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

It is. It's north of Seattle.

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Lisa Marie Havener
Community Member
4 years ago

Off to Paradise Falls!

Diana Hockley
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd have held out for a bit more and then grabbed it and run. Why try to make a point and have to live with this?

Jenny Jozwiak
Community Member
4 years ago

Big. Mistake.

Claire Kellerman
Community Member
4 years ago

This is me, relentless in the face of criminals and corruption. It is so scary, and crucial! STAND!!!

Laura Johnston
Community Member
4 years ago

Who would want to live next to that? I would have taken the 1 mil and moved the house if it meant that much.

kathryn stretton
Community Member
4 years ago

That looks really cute.

Heaven Scott
Community Member
4 years ago

i would take the moola and run!!!

Ntosh
Community Member
4 years ago

It looks sad, lonely and cold, and I imagine dark as there is no sun shining to the house. There is no yard, no space, just cement surrounding her. I get not wanting to move because of the memories and the life she built with her family in that house, but it is not the same anymore. To me this home is now depressing, I wouldn't want to live in it. But then maybe for her the memories are too great to just let them be torn down.

Johanna Zamora
Community Member
4 years ago

Isn’t that house in West Seattle? On Alki beach?

Rob Gustaveson
Community Member
4 years ago

I like this idea. Preserve all time periods.

Aimee Rouleau
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4 years ago

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She needs her head examined

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Mary Cook Had Refused To Sell Her Narrow, Handsome Home While All The Neighboring Homes Were Demolished. Today The House Sits Tightly Squeezed Between Its Giant Neighbors, Looking Much Like An Illustration From A Children’s Story Book

Mary Cook Had Refused To Sell Her Narrow, Handsome Home While All The Neighboring Homes Were Demolished. Today The House Sits Tightly Squeezed Between Its Giant Neighbors, Looking Much Like An Illustration From A Children’s Story Book

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Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
4 years ago

And the curve of the central building makes belive that he's compressed ^^

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#3

Vera Coking First Refused To Sell Her House To Bob Guccione, Who Wanted To Build His Casino Around It. Later She Refused To Sell To Donald Trump

Vera Coking First Refused To Sell Her House To Bob Guccione, Who Wanted To Build His Casino Around It. Later She Refused To Sell To Donald Trump

Library of Congress , Press of Atlantic City Report

earringnut
Community Member
4 years ago

QUEEN!!

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#4

An Owner That Refused To Sell His House In Melbourne, Australia

An Owner That Refused To Sell His House In Melbourne, Australia

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Aniket Trivedi
Community Member
4 years ago

Its very saddening that a lot of beautiful neighborhoods are being distroyed to make enormous claustrophobic buildings.

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#5

One Resident Of A Toronto Duplex Refused To Sell, So They Cut It In Half

One Resident Of A Toronto Duplex Refused To Sell, So They Cut It In Half

The Huffington Post Report

Luke Wright
Community Member
4 years ago

This is on St. Patrick Street in downtown Toronto. Its not "new" exactly, back in 1950 they split this house, the apartment complex now stands on what would have been the other half of the duplex.

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#6

This Slender Gothic-Inspired Townhouse, Flanked By Massive Prewar Apartment Buildings Up And Down The Block

This Slender Gothic-Inspired Townhouse, Flanked By Massive Prewar Apartment Buildings Up And Down The Block

Ephemeral New York Report

Shauday Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

i think i'm in love. a lovely little slice.

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#7

China’s Government Paved A Highway Around These Stubborn Homeowners. The Residents Eventually Moved Out But The House Had Become A Symbol Of Resistance Against Developers

China’s Government Paved A Highway Around These Stubborn Homeowners. The Residents Eventually Moved Out But The House Had Become A Symbol Of Resistance Against Developers

news.nationalpost.com Report

Kara Witham
Community Member
4 years ago

They must not have eminent domain laws there I take it.

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#8

Randal Acker Refused To Sell His Small Queen Anne Victorian Home In Downtown Portland, So They Built A Huge Portland State University Residence Hall Around It

Randal Acker Refused To Sell His Small Queen Anne Victorian Home In Downtown Portland, So They Built A Huge Portland State University Residence Hall Around It

ackerlaw.com , commons.wikimedia.org Report

Cheezees
Community Member
4 years ago

I like how this one looks actually.

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#9

In Guangzhou, The Authorities Have Had To Build A Ring Road Around This Block Of Flats Because Three Families Would Not Budge

In Guangzhou, The Authorities Have Had To Build A Ring Road Around This Block Of Flats Because Three Families Would Not Budge

chinadaily Report

Lana Zhao
Community Member
4 years ago

These are termed in China as "nail houses", as in stubbon nails. Quite often the people in nail houses are not compensated or undercompensated for the loss of their homes and have nowhere else to go. Be stubbon or lose house, so therefore lose job and starve on the streets.

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#10

The House Of Austin Spriggs, Washington D.c. The Owner Was Offered $3 Million, Said No, And Later Sold It For $4 Million

The House Of Austin Spriggs, Washington D.c. The Owner Was Offered $3 Million, Said No, And Later Sold It For $4 Million

thecityfix , zusin Report

Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
4 years ago

4 million? The bread made here must be kind of expensive :)

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#11

Although His Is The Only Standing Building In What Used To Be An Old Neighborhood Of Roubaix, In Northern France, Salah Oudjani Refuses To Sell The Coffee House He Has Worked In For The Last 46 Years

Although His Is The Only Standing Building In What Used To Be An Old Neighborhood Of Roubaix, In Northern France, Salah Oudjani Refuses To Sell The Coffee House He Has Worked In For The Last 46 Years

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Judy Semmens
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4 years ago

I think that picture is from 2011. It's still there but a road runs past and there's a sports complex opposite. I hope that brings Monsieur Oudjani plenty of trade! If you want to take a look on something like Google Maps, the address is 126 Rue de Tourcoing.

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#12

Now A Church, This Queen Anne House Prevented Yet Another Apartment Building From Being Constructed

Now A Church, This Queen Anne House Prevented Yet Another Apartment Building From Being Constructed

ephemeralnewyork Report

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
4 years ago

What a beautiful house.

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#13

A Lone Resident Holds Out Against Luxury Villas In Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, In July 2013

A Lone Resident Holds Out Against Luxury Villas In Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, In July 2013

HAP / Quirky China News / REX Report

Sandra La Madeleine
Community Member
4 years ago

I prefer this small house than those copy-paste things!!!

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#14

Developers Were Forced Into Building Around These Holdouts In Washington DC

Developers Were Forced Into Building Around These Holdouts In Washington DC

Forgotten New York Report

frank0ys
Community Member
4 years ago

...Did they bought the air rights for this property?

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#15

Living Under A Bridge

Living Under A Bridge

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Mixedupste
Community Member
4 years ago

At least it will stay dry

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#16

The Founders Of This Hotel Couldn't Buy These Houses Due To The High Asking Price. So The Hotel Was Built Around The Two Buildings Instead, And They Are Now Souvenir Shops

The Founders Of This Hotel Couldn't Buy These Houses Due To The High Asking Price. So The Hotel Was Built Around The Two Buildings Instead, And They Are Now Souvenir Shops

Roeland Koning Report

Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
4 years ago

That's really nice :) where is it?

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#17

One Chinese Family Refused To Move Their Relatives Ancient Graves. The Small, Bizarre Column Stood 10 Meters Above The Foundation Floor For Months, Until They Finally Accepted Compensation

One Chinese Family Refused To Move Their Relatives Ancient Graves. The Small, Bizarre Column Stood 10 Meters Above The Foundation Floor For Months, Until They Finally Accepted Compensation

AFP Report

Emily Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

sad that these new 'better' buildings are taking precedence over the ancient graves of our ancestors.

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#18

Farmers Live Stuck In Between Three Highways. Hundreds Of Households Were Relocated But The Government Wasn't Able To Reach A Consensus With This Family

Farmers Live Stuck In Between Three Highways. Hundreds Of Households Were Relocated But The Government Wasn't Able To Reach A Consensus With This Family

news.sina.com Report

Kara Witham
Community Member
4 years ago

"Why did the chicken cross the road" jokes endless potential.

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#19

Mrs Wu Ping Was The Only Person From 241 Properties Who Refused To Leave. She Battled With Contractors And Bids For Almost 3 Years Before Caving In April Of 2007 For Quite A Pretty Penny

Mrs Wu Ping Was The Only Person From 241 Properties Who Refused To Leave. She Battled With Contractors And Bids For Almost 3 Years Before Caving In April Of 2007 For Quite A Pretty Penny

venture160 Report

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

Did Mrs. Wu Ping repel down for her grocery shopping? 0.o

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#20

This Saloon Refused To Sell Their Property To An Apartment Company And Now The Apartment Has To Build Around Them

This Saloon Refused To Sell Their Property To An Apartment Company And Now The Apartment Has To Build Around Them

AllCarsEatGas Report

Melanie Ramos
Community Member
4 years ago

No, they absolutely shouldn't sell! Especially with all those new potential customers moving in all around them!

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#21

This "Nail House" Is Blocking Traffic In Shanghai

This "Nail House" Is Blocking Traffic In Shanghai

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Laury M.
Community Member
4 years ago

"Blocking traffic" sounds as if it actually just went and settled down in the middle of the road >.>

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#22

The Spiegelhalter Family Refused To Sell Their Shop To The Expanding Wickhams Department Store

The Spiegelhalter Family Refused To Sell Their Shop To The Expanding Wickhams Department Store

Reading Tom Report

Judy Semmens
Community Member
4 years ago

That really messed up the Wickhams store design, didn't it!

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#23

The Entire Rockefeller Plaza Complex Was Moved, Due To These Two Buildings Whose Owners Refused To Sell

The Entire Rockefeller Plaza Complex Was Moved, Due To These Two Buildings Whose Owners Refused To Sell

ScoutingNY Report

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
4 years ago

Good

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#24

The Tenant Of This Apartment Building In Kunming, China, Has To Cross A Moat After The Contractors Dug A Ditch To Force The Last Family Out.

The Tenant Of This Apartment Building In Kunming, China, Has To Cross A Moat After The Contractors Dug A Ditch To Force The Last Family Out.

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Cheezees
Community Member
4 years ago

Those contractors were jerks!

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#25

A Nail House Sits In The Middle Of A Road Under Construction In Nanning, China, In April 2015. The Owner Of The House Didn’t Reach An Agreement With The Local Authority About Compensation For The Demolition

A Nail House Sits In The Middle Of A Road Under Construction In Nanning, China, In April 2015. The Owner Of The House Didn’t Reach An Agreement With The Local Authority About Compensation For The Demolition

China Stringer Network / Reuters Report

Sheila Weila
Community Member
4 years ago

Why didn't they run a bridge over the house?

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#26

Residents Of The Guangfuli Area Of Shanghai Have Collectively Decided Not To Leave Their Homes, Creating An Entire "Nail Neighborhood." Tao Weiren Sits In Front Of His Two-Story House, Which Is Now Surrounded By High-End Condominium Buildings

Residents Of The Guangfuli Area Of Shanghai Have Collectively Decided Not To Leave Their Homes, Creating An Entire "Nail Neighborhood." Tao Weiren Sits In Front Of His Two-Story House, Which Is Now Surrounded By High-End Condominium Buildings

Aly Song / Reuters Report

Leslie Bliman-Kuretzky
Community Member
4 years ago

Smart

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#27

Zheng Meiju Outside Her Nail House In Rui’an, Zhejiang Province, In July 2013. She Has Been Living In The Partially Demolished Home For Nearly A Year, Even Though The Water And Electricity Supply Were Cut

Zheng Meiju Outside Her Nail House In Rui’an, Zhejiang Province, In July 2013. She Has Been Living In The Partially Demolished Home For Nearly A Year, Even Though The Water And Electricity Supply Were Cut

China Stringer Network / Reuters Report

Kiahna
Community Member
4 years ago

No water or electricity but she still stays? What a strong woman.

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#28

The Farm In The Middle Of Narita Airport. Farmers Are Refusing To Give Up Their Land In The Middle Of This Airport In Japan. The Runway Is Only Half Usable Because Of Their Refusal To Relocate. They Are Currently A Literal Stones Throw Away From The Flight Path And Must Be Living An Earth Shaking Experience.

The Farm In The Middle Of Narita Airport. Farmers Are Refusing To Give Up Their Land In The Middle Of This Airport In Japan. The Runway Is Only Half Usable Because Of Their Refusal To Relocate. They Are Currently A Literal Stones Throw Away From The Flight Path And Must Be Living An Earth Shaking Experience.

Google Maps Report

Leslie Bliman-Kuretzky
Community Member
4 years ago

I wonder if they are Plane Spotters?

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#29

Hard-Line Developers In China Diverted A River To Encircle Householders Who Refused To Move From Their 900-Year-Old Village

Hard-Line Developers In China Diverted A River To Encircle Householders Who Refused To Move From Their 900-Year-Old Village

Imaginechina/ Rex Features Report

Cheezees
Community Member
4 years ago

These developers are assholes!

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#30

The 'Million Dollar Corner' That Macy's Had To Build Around, And Then Hide Behind A Billboard

The 'Million Dollar Corner' That Macy's Had To Build Around, And Then Hide Behind A Billboard

wiki Report

DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 years ago

"A Million Dollar Hotel", anyone? With Milla Jovovich, by Wim Wenders movie...

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#31

The Last House In This Area Stands In Front Of A Shopping Mall In Central China's Hunan Province

The Last House In This Area Stands In Front Of A Shopping Mall In Central China's Hunan Province

Stringer Shanghai / Reuters Report

Kiahna
Community Member
4 years ago

Poor person. Half house half store. It's tiny...

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#32

The Last House Of An Old Neighborhood Stands Alone In A Future Shanghai World Expo 2010 Parking Lot, Under Nanpu Bridge On April 6, 2010, In Shanghai, China. The Holdout Owner Of The House Was Shi Yuji. The House Was Destroyed Days Later, And The Owner Moved Into A Workers' Dormitory

The Last House Of An Old Neighborhood Stands Alone In A Future Shanghai World Expo 2010 Parking Lot, Under Nanpu Bridge On April 6, 2010, In Shanghai, China. The Holdout Owner Of The House Was Shi Yuji. The House Was Destroyed Days Later, And The Owner Moved Into A Workers' Dormitory

Lucas Schifres / Getty Report

Olga Vol
Community Member
4 years ago

sad :( he had a house and now doesn't even probably own that dormitory ...

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#33

This "Nail House" House Sits On A Mound Above Ground Level Because The Developer Dug Out The Land Around It

This "Nail House" House Sits On A Mound Above Ground Level Because The Developer Dug Out The Land Around It

China Stringer Network / Reuters Report

Corina Alvarez Loeblich
Community Member
4 years ago

Illegal. Criminal. Horrible.

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#34

Nail Houses Whose Owners Refused To Relocate, At The Construction Field In Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Of China

Nail Houses Whose Owners Refused To Relocate, At The Construction Field In Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Of China

VCG Report

Margaret Harper
Community Member
4 years ago

A lot of these cities look really grubby and dirty. Like nobody is trying to upkeep them.

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#35

A New Motorway In China Has Been Cut In Two After A Homeowner Refused To Sell Their House To Developers. The Homeowner Has Been Considering Whether To Move Or Not For Years Now

A New Motorway In China Has Been Cut In Two After A Homeowner Refused To Sell Their House To Developers. The Homeowner Has Been Considering Whether To Move Or Not For Years Now

CEN Report

Sheila Weila
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do developers go ahead and build when they don't have all of the land yet. It is useless this way!

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