An eastern China "nail house" that drew global media
attention earlier this month for its eye-catching location in
the midst of a roadway was demolished over the weekend, after
the owner reversed himself and accepted compensation he had
deemed unacceptable for more than a year prior.
"It was never a final solution for us to live in a lone house
in the middle of the road," owner Luo Baogen told the Xinhua
news agency. "After the government's explanations, I finally
decided to move."
The Wenling city government will pay Luo 260,000 yuan
($US41,750 dollars) and give him a parcel of land for a new
house, Xinhua said.
Before he signed the demolition agreement on Friday, Luo, a
duck farmer, had always rejected that sum, arguing that he
had spent 600,000 yuan on constructing the home more than 10
About 90 per cent of online comments had backed what the
official China Daily called Luo's "lone stand against the
wrecking ball" from his five-storey partially demolished home
in the middle of a highway.
Luo's property was the last building standing in a
construction site near a railway station in the Zhejiang
Supporters have rallied around owners of similar "nail
houses" -- so called because they resemble a nail sticking
out of plank of wood -- who refuse to give in to coercion by
developers and local officials.
During the massive redevelopment of Chinese towns and cities
in the last 25 years, many residents have accused developers
of resorting to violence to evict people unwilling to move.