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Mitt Romney's Childhood Home to Be Razed

Plagued by a glut of abandoned homes, Detroit is looking to demolish some 3,000 buildings by the end of September. Among them: Mitt Romney's childhood home at 1860 Balmoral Drive, a 5,000 square foot house in an upscale neighborhood. According to the Wall Street Journal, the house's demolition is a symbolic part of a new push to deal with Detroit's longtime blight issues—the city hosts roughly 90,000 abandoned or vacant homes and residential lots by one nonprofit's count.