Monday, November 26, 2012
China takes a slightly different approach to takings:
A new motorway in China has been built around a half-demolished building in the city of Wenling, in Zhejiang province, after a family that lives in the building refused to move. Luo Baogen and his wife, are embroiled in a row over the amount of relocation compensation offered by the government, and are the only remaining residents.
Property owners in China that refuse to move for new developments are known as 'Nail Householders', in a reference to a nail that is difficult to remove from wood. Laws in the People's Republic of China have recently been tightened up and it is now illegal to demolish a property without agreement.
(HT: Patrick S. O'Donnell)