Nail households also appear outside China

“Even as its economy slows, China’s investment in real estate and infrastructure has lost little steam. A common problem for developers, though, is that especially in and around major cities plum land parcels are often already occupied. The solution? Evict the residents. Sometimes developers or local governments compensate or relocate those they kick out, usually offering less than the original property’s value.” (source). There are many similar articles on the Internet that describe the phenomena of “nail households”, a situation where whole neighbourhoods are moved for development purposes, and while most residents have agreed on a compensation arrangement, a few households decide to stay. Until recently the “nail households” merely existed in the Chinese context. A news article by the Dutch Metro showed that it however also appears in the Netherlands. Read the full article and video here (in Dutch).

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