Chinese Home Made Into Road for Refusing Sale


The Chinese government’s vindictive decision to turn a couple’s home into a roundabout after they refused to sell up to make way for a new road has been making headlines in China and beyond.

The couple inhabiting the Zhejiang province property claim the compensation they were offered to move was substantially less than what the property cost to build.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 24/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In a weird way you have to admire that the Chinese government honored the idea of private property. Here in the U.S. they'd just eminent domain that shit and you'll be happy to have gotten anything in return.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eminent domain has been NUMEROUS times challenged and overturned due to the government not wanting to pay the 'current market value' of the home in the U.S.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 25/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    um... you do know the government can pay the current market value in a 30 year installment that will totally screw the owners right? the law never stated it has to be a one time payment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    only if you get enough people to make this into a constitutional amendment, which is close to never.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It shouldn't have to be an amendment, it's already in there. Whats happened is a couple life term judge have decided to legislate from the bench through the commerce clause stating that the constitution doesn't tightly define the meaning of a "fair market value"

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    Comment by Erranty
    01:21 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which is why people are fighting to get it rescinded.

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    Comment by 龙威
    20:19 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)


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    Comment by Sado-Sensei
    21:50 24/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Get some helium balloons and go Up!

    Comment by Dark Mage
    00:32 25/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Or add some mechanical legs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 24/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If they could afford this nonsense why couldn't they afford to just move the road over a bit and go around the house? It's clear that this is just retaliation against the homeowners.

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    Comment by starsplash
    22:15 24/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Because the chinese governement are retarded?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nope, their government are just plain bullies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 26/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So that makes them retarded bullies then.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    00:30 25/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They can afford everything but common sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:45 25/11/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    There is NO such shit as "common sense" you ignorant!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 25/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    no, if they want to retaliate against home owners, all they have to do is think up some bullshit reason, put both of them in jail and confiscate all their properties. this is chinese government being nice about it.

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    Comment by Erranty
    01:17 25/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    In America it's called Eminent Domain. They'd simply lose their house if they didn't accept the offer/make a court case in time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    To an extent, but ever since 1975 or so, every run-down inner-city ghetto neighborhood is a "historical district," every puddle is a "wetland," and you can't walk anywhere without tripping over 5 new endangered species. (They even re-routed a road in Texas because of a spider habitat, and that's not exactly a liberal eco-lover's paradise state.)

    China's ability to get roads built and expanded has, this case notwithstanding, outstripped the U.S. Let's just hope the people in that house keep a close eye on their young children , or we're going to hear about more double-tap incidents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The US is capable of being just as bad. All they have to do is accuse the homeowners of certain crimes, mostly having to do with drugs. The house can then be seized, and the owners will not get it back regardless of the outcome of the trial. Never specifically heard of this happening but it would be 100% legal if it did.

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    Comment by Myballz
    01:29 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They do that if they Building a Highway or a Army base in that location.Sad part from what I hear where I live in history Farmers lost there homes and lively hood because Government bult a Army base over it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @08:51 They can't seize a house without a search and seizure order, signed and reviewed by a judge.

    Though lately with the housing and foreclosure rates being what they are, people have been evicted by the police unlawfully, even by banks who didn't own the rights to the house. I have seen this in the news before and it does happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or by some chance of fate a dump truck loses control and hits The building shaking their structure and their owners forced out by civil defense for their safety o.0?!
    Just a cracked wall and gets a good excuse, but the owners will have to accept the value that the government wants to give ..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 24/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Make a restaurant out of it, it's the most strategic location ever

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 25/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That would be awesome, but parking...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Construct additional pylons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 25/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Toll booth that shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fastest drive-though ever? Highway speed!

    I give it a week before it explodes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the house or the road?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 24/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Road: "I need to get through..."
    House: "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 25/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Road: "challenge accepted!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 24/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Howl's Moving Castle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it refuse to move

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Calcifer got extinguished.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    00:36 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking the same thing add some mechanical legs and wait until traffic starts to get it moving and run over all the cars.

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    Comment by cpc65
    23:22 24/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Two words: Toll booth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The Gov't are hoping for a few cars to crash into the house so that it eventually ceases to exist. If you cant force them, maybe a few "accidents" from some of the worse Chinese Drivers will make them move.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The BBC News site has an interview with the couple, all they wanted was for a similar apartment with similar decorum anywhere else.

    What surprised me the most is that they didn't just beat them bloody and throw them out on the streets like they did to thousands during their Olympics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    If the couple was allowed to keep their house, does that make the chinese government democratic ?

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    Comment by kintama00
    19:21 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    weird indeed...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:03 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    umm... most countries would simply demolish the house without offering compensation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's somewhat ironic that this is due to a recent law change in China that gave citizens more rights - used to be that the overall government would just sieze the land, but they introduced a law that said you had to get the landholders okay and this is the result the local government took.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 26/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    From my (admittedly shaky) understanding is that all land in China is the property of the Communist Party and you are granted the privilege of having a building (which you do own) on top of it until the party decides it wants to use the land for something else.

    It used to be that the gov't could just demolish whatever they wanted without compensating the owner but the change in the law requires them to offer the owner market value based on square footage of floor space. This is why farmers were suddenly renovating their several hundred year old houses to add more rooms and even second levels so they would receive more money when they were bought out.

    What ended up happening, is the officials doing the measuring would under report floor space or insist that any renovations done after some arbitrary date in the 1950's didn't count. Most people are offered a city apartment (The kind you see fallen over or with huge structural crack in the walls on this site) in lieu of cash.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Fuck you! we no move! You build road around us, you go around!" Bluff called.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, arrogance and stupidity of the Chinese showed.

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    Comment by Assassinister
    18:05 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They should put MOAT around the house for pesky Mad Max type Truck or Bus driver that will ram their wall also put some crocodiles too to eat those driver in the moat waters when they fall and get out from their vehicle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 03/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My UK friend has said, that's actually quite commendable for the Chinese government to still negotiate with the resident. In UK, if it's a government project, the residents would be forcefully removed from their house by police through eviction 'law', and while they get compesation, there is no legal safe guards for the amount.

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    Comment by (_KoDAk_)
    20:13 24/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    more big picture

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 26/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Talk about Passive Resistance- guessing they dont have any power or anything either, so they Gman probably hoping they just give up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what, make walls soundproof and add a bridge above the street, that's what I would do.

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    Comment by nope
    03:20 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    does that building have fire damage?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 25/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you thought Eminent Domain was bad here in America....

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