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Former Romney home in Detroit is demolished

By Corey Williams
Associated Press Writer / June 8, 2010

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DETROIT—A demolition crew in Detroit has torn down a 5,500-square-foot house that was lived in by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney when he was a child.

The dilapidated, two-story home torn down Tuesday in the Palmer Woods area is one of 3,000 set for demolition this year under Mayor Dave Bing's plans to improve neighborhoods by getting rid of dangerous structures and eyesores.

Before the city's physical decline, Palmer Woods had been one of Detroit's most exclusive residential areas.

Romney's family lived in the home from 1941 to 1953. Mitt Romney was born in 1947 and his father, George Romney, later became Michigan governor.

Mitt Romney won Michigan's 2008 GOP presidential primary before dropping out of the race.

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