I just heard of the term "nail house" (in Chinese) or "real estate holdout". It's a home or business building where the owners refuse to be bought out by government or developers to make way for construction or mining. In some places, the homeowner is protected by law and the construction or mining proceeds AROUND the home. Interesting that sometimes the new building plan has to be greatly modified to accommodate the holdout. Some homes are right in the middle of highways.
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