Did you spill apartment in my expressway? After deciding that evicting tenants to build an eight lane highway cost too much, Xi’an officials left their apartment in path of said highway – because apparently Xi’an city planning is as well-coordinated as two toddlers building a lego castle:
Construction workers had to squeeze the eight-lane highway into four and subsequently left furious residents stuck in the middle of a busy road. They had just been moved from their previous homes to make way for a park so refused to move again unless they were heavily compensated. So the council decided to save a small fortune by leaving the flats in place.
Resident Shing Su, who lives in the block in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in western China, said: ‘We all lived in another area where they were building the Daming National Heritage Park and they promised to put us up in a new, modern block of flats, so we ended up here.’But we had only been here a few months when they found that they had built one block too many, and that it was on the place where there was supposed to be a new highway.’
The council then started negotiations with the tenants, but with their new, modern flats they wanted even more compensation, and after several months of failed negotiations, the council simply gave up and built around the problem.