These extreme examples of urban development will make you thank your lucky stars that you live in a property not bordered by a highway or surrounded by a moat. Unless, that is, you live in a castle and the moat is a key feature.
There are different ways to describe those who have decided to stay put. People who refuse to accept a substantial monetary offer are sometimes termed holdouts. Or, if you’re a real estate developer, they’re probably referred to as pests. But it’s hard to blame people for occasionally making a stand against commercial developments. After all, bricks and mortar have an extraordinary emotional value to some that simply cannot be bought.