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Shanghai demolishes 'nail house' blocking road and traffic

From BBC - September 18, 2017

A famous Shanghai "nail house" that has been blocking traffic on a wide road for 14 years has been demolished.

The residents had refused every offer since 2003 to move, saying the compensation was insufficient.

They have now agreed to a compensation package worth about 2.7m yuan ($412,000, 300,000), state media said.

"Nail houses" are common in fast-developing China. The term is used to describe them because they refuse to be hammered down.

In the case of the Shanghai building, it had stood in the way of a road development, forcing traffic on a wide four-lane road onto two lanes in order to bypass the house.

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