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May 10, 2016

Shanghai’s nail neighborhood

Shanghai’s nail neighborhood

As million-dollar condominiums grow around them, residents of the ramshackle but valuable Guangfuli neighborhood in Shanghai refuse to leave their homes as the local authority seeks to clear the land for new construction. More nail houses in this gallery.

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A night view of the old houses surrounded by new apartment buildings at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 10, 2016. In a corner of Shanghai, surrounded by a cement wall, lies one of the world's most valuable fields of debris and garbage. On paper, the Guangfuli neighbourhood is a real estate investor's dream: a plot in the middle of one of the world's most expensive and fast-rising property markets. But the reality is more like a developer's nightmare, thanks to hundreds of people living there who have refused to budge from their ramshackle homes for nearly 16 years as the local authority sought to clear the land for new construction. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Bian Guohua stands outside his brother Bian Jianhua's place at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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An old house is seen in front of new apartment buildings in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 18, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Yueyue is held by her grandfather in an empty area outside their house at Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A boy rides a tricycle in between semi demolished houses in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, March 28, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Tao Weiren sits in front of his two-story house in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 24, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A woman smokes as she starts her electric bike at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 28, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Woman surnamed Xu watches TV at her eight-square-meter house where she lives with her husband at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 19, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A dog runs on the remains of old houses covered with a green net in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai China, April 18, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Old houses are seen in the Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A women surnamed Li walks her dog in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A view of old houses surrounded by new apartment buildings in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A man walks between houses at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 19, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Women chat inside a store in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A sign board for a public toilet is seen attached to an electric pole in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 28, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A man shaves on the second floor of an old house in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A man sits in an alley in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 24, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Electric wires hang above a demolished old house at Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 19, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A woman surnamed Li stands inside the house she shares with her husband as pictures of her mother-in-law and father-in-law are seen on the wall, in the Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A man surnamed Xu, 50, walks past a house carrying the Chinese character "Chai", meaning "demolition", in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A man surnamed Xu, 50, holds a family portrait, at his place in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Jiang Wei cooks dinner outside a six-square-meter house he rents with a friend, at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 28, 2016. Jiang and his friend rent the house with a monthly rent of 450 yuan for two years. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A man surnamed Zeng looks into the camera as he sits on his bed, in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 18, 2016. Zeng, 89, lives alone and keeps all his belongings within reach on his bed as he has difficulty walking. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Bian Jianhua poses for pictures at his home at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. Bian Jianhua, 48, lives with his mother in an around 20-square-meter house in Guangfuli. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Li Guoqiang talks on his phone outside his house at Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. Li, 38, is a deliveryman who rents a place at Guangfuli. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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