Nail house domino in the works? Here is another from Shenzhen, reported by South China Morning Post, via Simon World (photo: the Shenzhen nail house, via Simon World):
Developers wanting to turn a Shenzhen site into the city’s tallest building are being blocked by an obstinate Hong Kong man whose building has become the mainland’s latest “nail house” holdout. Choi Chu-cheung’s six-floor villa in the booming central business district stands isolated in the middle of a huge construction site and the 57-year-old says it will stay until he gets more compensation. Mr Choi and his wife, Zhang Lianhao, are standing firm despite an order by the Shenzhen land resources and housing management bureau last month ordering his family to move out by yesterday.
He admits he has been inspired by a Chongqing couple who held out for 11 days, while their house stood on a mound in the middle of 10-metre-deep pit, until the developers paid up. “The couple is my model. I’m sure I will win this battle as they did,” Mr Choi said of the pair, whose home was dubbed the “coolest nail house” – slang for holdouts who refuse to be hammered down while their houses stand erect like nails after those around are demolished. [Full Text]