After standing, stubbornly blocking traffic in the middle of a road for more than a decade, Shanghai’s “most awesome nail house” was torn down in just 90 minutes in the early morning hours of Monday.
For 14 years, the three-story home has forced a major four-lane road in Shanghai’s Songjiang District to awkwardly squeeze into two lanes, causing traffic jams and accidents. While the home may have been annoying for drivers, it’s hard to argue that it didn’t bring some character to the street.
Which has now vanished.
“Nail houses,” so named for their stubbornness, are homes of families who have steadfastly refused government compensation, causing contractors to simply build around them.
The former owner of this former “nail house,” 87-year-old Xu Yongtao finally agreed to hand over his property earlier this month following a bitter battle which stretched on for years and years.
For his impressive display of stubbornness, Xu is set to receive a payout of 2.3 million yuan in cash along with four new apartments for his family. Xu’s son-in-law told reporters that the family was getting old and had become tired of fighting the government.
Photos have gone viral on the Chinese internet showing the home being torn into by a pair of bulldozers and high-pressure water cannons.
With the “nail house” now gone, the street will soon be completely converted into a four-lane, becoming just like any other road in China.
[Images via NetEase / The Paper]
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