No More House In The Middle Of The Street

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Excavators are used to demolish a house standing alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, China, on December 1, 2012. Luo Baogen, the owner of the house, who earlier refused to sign an agreement to allow his house to be demolished, finally signed the agreement after discussions with the local government and his relatives. The demolition of the house started this Saturday, local media reported. (Reuters/China Daily)

Remember Chinese homeowner Luo Baogen and his wife, who refused to allow the government to demolish their home in Wenling, China, leaving it stranded in a river of asphalt? (Previous entry) Apparently they have now accepted a somewhat larger offer of compensation, and the wrecking crew rolled right in. The Associated Press reported that Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai said the house was bulldozed on Saturday after Baogen agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000). [6 photos]