Photo Series Showcasing When Homeowners Refused To Sell Out and Move Home


We all love the underdog. Someone who won’t be bullied, and will take a stand for themselves against the government or rich corporations. 

We’ve seen it in movies like ‘Up,’ and the Australian classic ‘The Castle‘:  “Your house is going to be compulsorily acquired by the government…” Hell no! 

Behold a photo series which shows all the home owners who stood up for themselves and said no. Make sure to vote for your favorite!

  1. 1 Edith Macefield Refused To Sell Her Home Even After Being Offered More Than 1 Million Dollars For It. She Later Became The Inspiration For The Movie "Up"

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  2. 2 Developers Were Forced Into Building Around These Holdouts In Washington DC

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  3. 3 Although His Is The Only Standing Building In What Used To Be An Old Neighborhood Of Roubaix, In Northern France, Salah Oudjani Refuses To Sell The Coffee House He Has Worked In For The Last 46 Years

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  4. 4 One Resident Of A Toronto Duplex Refused To Sell, So They Cut It In Half

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  5. 5 Mary Cook Had Refused To Sell Her Narrow, Handsome Home While All The Neighboring Homes Were Demolished. Today The House Sits Tightly Squeezed Between Its Giant Neighbors, Looking Much Like An Illustration From A Children’s Story Book

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  6. 6 Randal Acker Refused To Sell His Small Queen Anne Victorian Home In Downtown Portland, So They Built A Huge Portland State University Residence Hall Around It

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  7. 7 China’s Government Paved A Highway Around These Stubborn Homeowners. The Residents Eventually Moved Out But The House Had Become A Symbol Of Resistance Against Developers

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  8. 8 This Slender Gothic-Inspired Townhouse, Flanked By Massive Prewar Apartment Buildings Up And Down The Block

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  9. 9 In Guangzhou, The Authorities Have Had To Build A Ring Road Around This Block Of Flats Because Three Families Would Not Budge

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  10. 10 Now A Church, This Queen Anne House Prevented Yet Another Apartment Building From Being Constructed

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