In the Loop

The nail that sticks up gets bulldozed

Posted at 7:17 AM on April 6, 2007 by Sanden Totten

Well, it's finally come down . . . but talk about standing your ground!

(Robert Saiget/AFP/Getty Images)

For three years this little home was the center of a show down between Chinese developers and a brave little lady named Wu Ping. Wu Ping refused to give up her house. The developers refused to give up their plans for a new apartment building. Conflict ensued.

Wu held her ground even when it fell from around her property and even after the government sent her orders to move on. She turned down offers of money and free space in the new building's upper levels. She wanted a lower level space for her restaurant or nothing at all. Her stubborn defiance gave her home the nickname "nail house", like a nail that won't be hammered down. Now there have been other nail houses in China's past. But this one has been called the "coolest nail house in history". I mean seriously, look at it. It's pretty cool.

And now it's gone. It's not clear if Wu Ping was satisfied with the deal, but apparently she has agreed to take a similar sized home in another part of Chongqing, China.

Cheers to you nail house! Way to stick it to the man.

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