Nail houses

Nail houses

When new structures are planned to be built on old land, all the houses on it have to be demolished and the owners have to move. But sometimes, the owners do not want to.


Such scenarios are not uncommon and can happen anywhere. For example in China. On the photo is an old shack in the Nanning region. When the nearby houses were being demolished by the government order, the owner refused to leave his home's walls. He was offered a new place in an elite house, and was even offered money to cover his expenses, but no luck - the man was committed to his own house. 15 years have passed and large apartment buildings have been raised and now the lonely house is interfering with the traffic. But it is his house and his rules and nobody can force him.

Sometimes, during the construction of new city blocks or roads some citizens refuse to abandon their houses and as a result their homes are left untouched. Such houses really contrast the modern architecture and design of the streets.

Such houses are called "nail houses" from the Chinese "Dingzihu". They are not a novelty to the people because they often tend to occur during the construction of new massive megalopolises.


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29 Comments
Autumn Gabriel
Autumn Gabriel
In Las Vegas, when they built The Mirage, the owner of a small apartment refused to sell. That small building is still in back parking lot. Great place to live if you work at Mirage. It's closer than employee parking. ;-)
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Aug 27, 2015 8:19PM
Nathaniel Nelson
Nathaniel Nelson
Notice what is considered an "elite" house in China. Those homes are smaller than a two car garage. Look at the photo a lot of them don't even have glass windows.
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Aug 27, 2015 10:32PM
James Vetzel
James Vetzel
Hum... who would've thunk-it. "Individual Property Rights" in Modern Communist China.
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Aug 27, 2015 11:22PM
Amber Mcmenamy
Amber Mcmenamy
In texas, the people will be evicted from their own home under imminent domain rights of the city. I don't understand how this is avoided in other states or even countries...
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Aug 27, 2015 11:25PM
James Vetzel
James Vetzel
Problem is when The Mirage HR finds out where you live, they terminate you while you'ar still in "Probationary" new hire status (You can be fired for sneezing wrong).
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Aug 27, 2015 11:26PM
Tyler Kline
Tyler Kline
In texas of all places, where freedom, free-trade free of government legislation, and one's democratic rights are said to be the number one priority.
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Aug 28, 2015 12:14AM
Eileen Chattler Schimmel Midman
Eileen Chattler Schimmel Midman
In china
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Aug 28, 2015 12:42AM
JJ Ashton
Tyler Kline That's just pretty words on a plaque somewhere. Probably under the last animal shot by the senator who has it on the wall. ;)
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Aug 28, 2015 12:51AM
Jerome D. Bender
Jerome D. Bender
That won't worke in this Country. In the 50's, when Dodger Statium was to be built there was a man that refused to leave him home; they bulldosed it with him in it. He wasn't hurt, but it got him out.
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Aug 28, 2015 1:18AM
Jerome D. Bender
Jerome D. Bender
Not in this Country.
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Aug 28, 2015 1:18AM
Ian MacBrown
Really James. Hmmm????
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Aug 28, 2015 1:28AM
Ian MacBrown
Why is it called a "nail house"? Because it's wood and nails, not cement and blocks.??
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Aug 28, 2015 1:34AM
Ian MacBrown
I'm surprised the government hasn't "accidentally" razed it with a truck!. LOL
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Aug 28, 2015 1:41AM
Helen Spencer Schlie
Helen Spencer Schlie
Not much space left for a garden..bet he has interesting neighbors
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Aug 28, 2015 2:24AM
Michael L Reinhardt
Michael L Reinhardt
The reason you can't do that here is because no matter what, you don't truly own your property anymore. More-so now than before, and I say that because of Obama's executive orders that allow the government to take whatever they want without warrant. We don't have a constitution anymore.
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Aug 28, 2015 2:25AM

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