Nail House

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I was going to say file this under the “Only in China” category but reflected that disputes between developers and stubborn residents are pretty common. Still, there’s something about this one, which is currently underway in the Sichuan city of Chongqing that is particularly dramatic, not to mention emblematic of the tide of destruction sweeping through China’s cities. The house owners are apparently holding out for 2.5 million dollars. They’ve been without water or electricity for two years and today has been set as a deadline by the city court for them to move out. It’s called a “nail house” in Chinese because it’s so hard to pull out.