The architectural version of the tank-stopping kid standing in Tianenmen Square was pulled down last week. Wu Ping and wife Yang Wu's "nail house," which stood in defiance of local developers hoping to put up a shopping mall, became a cause celebre in China, as the defiant couple refused to sign the papers even as their surrounding neighborhood was razed into something resembling New York's Ground Zero.
Developers apparently sweetened the pot; Wu Ping and the missus, once so prominently in the spotlight, have "gone dark," with no recent appearances in the media, and their house recently saw the tender ministrations of a bulldozer and wrecking ball. The couple has apparently received a large cash payout and a residential spot in a neighboring high-rise. Cue theme music to "The Jeffersons."
[Via Chicago Tribune.]