Shanghai's Holdout Neighborhood of Guangfuli

Reuters photographer Aly Song recently visited a small neighborhood in a corner of Shanghai, China—a remnant patch of smaller houses and shops where residents live in homes surrounded by demolition debris, a concrete wall, and looming skyscrapers on all sides. Song writes “On paper, the Guangfuli neighborhood 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.”

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