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The nail comes unstuck: House in the middle of a main road in China finally demolished


A half-demolished apartment building standing in the middle of a newly-built road thanks to a Chinese couple that refused to move in Wenling, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, on Nov. 22, 2012.



It looks like China's nail of a home has finally come unstuck. 

The house in eastern Zhejiang province belonged to duck farmer Luo Baogen, the only resident out of 459 households who refused a relocation settlement from the government so they could build a main road in between the city of Wenling and a new train station, BBC News reported

Luo, 67, was reportedly holding out for more compensation, saying he'd built the house for $95,000, but the government offered him only $35,000 to move, according to the Associated Press.

But he got more than he bargained for, attention-wise: the bizarre site of the island-like house in the middle of a main road brought hoards of media attention (and presumably, cars zipping by on all sides.) It also earned the distinction of being called "a nail house," used in China to refer to a home whose owners refuse to give in to developers and local officials — like a nail sticking out of plank of wood. 

"Luo Baogen received dozens of people from the media every day and his house stands in the center of the road. So he decided to demolish the house," said Chen Xuecai, the chief of Xiayangzhang village of Wenling city, according to the Guardian.  

Baogen and his wife finally settled for an offer of $41,000, and moved out Saturday morning to a relocation site with the help of their relatives, 

"It was never a final solution for us to live in a lone house in the middle of the road," Luo told China Daily. "After the government's explanations, I finally decided to move." 

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