Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nail House

Soon after I posted about the utility pole in the middle of the Quebec road, I read in the newspaper about this apartment building in China.

The owners are an elderly couple who are holding out for a better deal from the government. Apparently the phenomenon of a house left in the middle of the road is so common in China that there is a term for them: nail houses. The owners refuse to be hammered down and such houses stick up like a sore thumb and are difficult to remove. Often the government will cut off water and hydro to such homes, but in this case, such measures have not yet been taken. The man and his wife sleep in different parts of the building to deter demolition occuring when they're not looking.
The road itself has just recently been finished and leads to the railroad station. It has not yet been opened to traffic.