Unbelievable “nail houses” around the world

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In China, a "nail house" is a home whose resident refuses to leave in order to make way for new construction. Builders have to elaborately construct around it, often leaving behind an eyesore so awesome that it's almost a sculpture. Here are some of the most famous examples of nail houses.

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On a construction site of a shopping mall, Chongqing, China, 2007

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Liede Village, China, 2007

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Shanghai, 2007

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A partially demolished and isolated building in Kunming, 2010

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Nail tomb on a construction site in Longbao village, Taiyuan, December 2010

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Yongji, December 2010

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Taizhou, China, 2012

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In the middle of a new highway, Wenling, China, 2012

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A house on a small parcel in the middle of some high-rise tower blocks, cut off from water and electricity for four years, in Zaozhuang, China, 2009-2013

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The last house at a construction site in Gongqin village, Yichang City, China, April 2013

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The demolished 900-year-old Yangji Village with only few remaining isolated nail houses, Guangzhou, China, 2013

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A farmer's house locked between three major highways. They've lived here for five years.

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Chongqing, China

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Changsha, China

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A house near the Shenzhen North Railway Station, Shenzhen

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Bonus: Living under a bridge, Zürich-Brunau, Switzerland, 2007

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Double Bonus: Edith Macefield's house in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle

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Triple Bonus: The house of Austin Spriggs, Washington D.C, 2006

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A developer offered some money ($3 million in 2008!) for the house, even though it's only worth $200,000. The owner said no, took out a loan, and converted his home to a pizzeria.

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DISCUSSION

thekeith82
thekeith82

I'm a little confused here. The Chinese government isn't known for its respect for human rights. Why is it that they're not just dragging the people out of there kicking and screaming and knocking down those houses regardless? I'm not saying they should be doing that, I'm just perplexed as to why they aren't.