Canadian Contractor

China hold-out house

November 22, 2012
By Steve Payne
Steve Payne

Just found this heart-warming story in the Toronto Star. An elderly couple in Wenling, Zheijang Province, China, didn’t agree with the government’s offered price to expropriate and demolish their home, so that a highway could go through their village (destroying all remnants of it). So they are staying put. For now. Priceless photos here.

(Note: If you’re feeling smug that we live in Canada and don’t treat people like that, remember that a number of people had their homes similarly expropriated for Ontario’s Highway 407, and then the domed foreheads at Queen’s Park sold the highway to the Spanish. Now that’s the REAL way to bulldoze the people.)