90 minutes to demolish house that had halted progress for 14 years.
It is a house that is famous the world over for standing – stubbornly and symbolically – in the face of Chinese progress. But this infamous “nail house” has finally been demolished.
Obstinate property owners in Shanghai had for years refused to allow their home to be demolished to make way for a road-widening scheme. Instead, four lanes of traffic had to squeeze into two in order to bypass the inconveniently located property.
But it eventually took around 90 minutes to demolish the “nail house” during the middle of the night, according to local media reports.
“Nail houses” refer to when stubborn homeowners refuse to move to make way for larger construction projects.
When the homeowners refuse monetary compensation, developers must come up with imaginative ways to build around the homes.
Read more here.