On In History

These Stubborn People Refused To Be Forced Out Of Their Homes

Most of you are aware of the fact that when your surrounding starts changing after a while & it becomes a compulsion for you to adapt to that. As "Change is inevitable".It's continually been difficult to get used to this when your neighbourhood is a whole new world. You start losing those enchanting little stores and eateries that you once adored. Those charming little roads you called home some time back & it now looks as if in a state of vanish. What if in all these conditions you choose to stay put & refuse to leave your home? Sounds rigid? Well, such people do exist in today's scenario. Society might call them 'stubborn', but I call them heroes.And I think not just me, if you take a look, you'll be much amazed to see these people declining to abandon their homes. Regardless of how many industries comes to the town, these heroes wouldn't relinquish the spots they once cherished.

Edith Macefield

Edith Macefield lived at 1438 N.W. 46th Street, right by the Ballard Bridge, in the same storey-and-a-half house since 1952. I call it the “Up” house. Her mother died in this house and Edith was robbed at gunpoint there. She rejected hundreds of thousands of dollars to continue to give up those 1,050 square feet home.

Edith Macefield in front of her house, with a neighbor’s dog and a late 1930s Ford Coupe.

The Up House

At 84 years old, Edith Macefield was offered $1 million for her home, which was attached to the property where a massive shopping centre had to be built. On June 15, 2008, at the age of 86, after pancreatic cancer left her frail, she lay down on the burnt orange couch in the living room of that house and died.

The Yang House

The lone house, surrounded by piles of dirt left by the ongoing construction, belongs to a man named Yang, who refused to move during a two-year battle with the local government. Yang said his house was originally built in the 1990s and was renovated in 2005. In 2012, he was unable to agree on a relocation compensation amount with the authorities, and the developer subsequently cut off water and electricity.

Dangers of landslide

But the three-storey building in Yichang, Hubei province, is now in the middle of a construction site of a high-tech park and has fallen victim to China’s rapid urban development. Cracks have appeared all over the house as well as the surrounding soil. Yang worries landslides might happen when it rains. Homes like Mr Yang’s in China are known as nail houses because they stick out and are difficult to remove – much like a stubborn nail.

Austin Spriggs

Back in 2006, Austin Spriggs was offered more than $2 million for his Washington, D.C. office, which was in the centre of a red-hot block of the downtown area. He held out the million dollar offers until the real estate bubble burst.

Attempted to build a pizza restaurant

After so many trials, the offers stopped coming through, and Spriggs attempted to turn the building into a pizza restaurant which has since been unsuccessful. After his bank had threatened foreclosure, Spriggs put the property up for sale for $1.5 million, nearly half of what one developer had once hoped to pay him. He eventually sold the house in 2011, for $750,000.

Luo Baogen

A solitary loft building remains amidst a recently constructed street after an elderly couple declined to migrate. Luo Baogen and his wife demand living in the half-crushed working in the city of Wenling, in Zhejiang region, China since they trust that the movement pay offered by the legislature is insufficient.

He waited for years while a highway was built around him

But this house was finally demolished in 2012 after the owners were given around $50,000. The road paved through the Xiazhangyang village led to the Wenling railway station and was opened this year. 

Ishmael Bermudez

Ishmael Bermudez, a 65-year-old man, also known as 'Golden Eagle', believes his backyard is on a sacred Native American ground. He's a citizen of Miami & refused to sell his house even for $1.8 million because of numerous reasons that he listed. 

Situated in the heart of Miami

The small house, which is decorated with colorful paintings, sits incongruously in the heart of Miami's bustling city center, surrounded by high-rise buildings, heavy traffic, and ongoing construction projects

Claims it a sacred place

For almost 50 years he had been excavating the backyard and discovered ancient Native American artefacts and spring. He claims that it is a mystical place sacred to the Tequesta tribe.

Macy's store

In 1911, the 5-storey corner property at 34th Street and Broadway was the highest ever paid for a plot of land. At just 1,200 square feet, the irregular plot of land came out to $868 per square foot. It’s an architectural holdout that forced Macy’s to build around rather than over it. The five-storey is one of the most famous holdouts in New York real estate history.

The most famous Ad-space on a holdout

For decades it has been hidden behind billboards or wrapped in a giant faux shopping bag. Many shoppers never even notice it. But old photos reveal a five-storey building sticking out like a sore thumb in front of the world's most iconic department store.

The 360° road-view house

The homeowners of this house in China were so stubborn that they managed to "win" against the developers. With a slight change of plans, the road was made to encircle the house, giving the homeowners a beautiful 360-degree view!

The Ultimate 'Nail House'

This is one of the most famous Chinese nail houses so far. Mrs. Wu Ping exhausted developers by refusing to vacate her property for three years. In addition to this home, 240 other properties had sold to make way for a new shopping centre; they finally offered her $160,000, which she promptly took and left.I hope the pictures you've seen here are a total bizarre & the people mentioned have been such stubborn to be called a part of the history. Well, if you liked the story please share & comment in the section below. That's all for now!Subscribe