Romney Family Home Demolished as Part of Detroit Rejuvenation Plan

The childhood home of former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was torn down yesterday as part of a plan to demolish thousands of dilapidated homes in Detroit.

The Romneys lived in the 5,500-square-foot Palmer Woods home from 1941 to 1953. The former Romney home was located at 1860 Balmoral in what once was one of the city's most exclusive neighborhoods.

The home was seized by Wayne County from its current owners last year after it was declared a nuisance. A demolition permit for the home was also issued at that time.

Why would a home with such a grand history be destroyed?