The boyhood home of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is slated to be torn down, altering one more aspect of Romney’s past — this time, permanently.
Romney’s parents, George and Lenore, owned the 5,500-square-foot home located in a well-to-do neighborhood of Detroit from 1941 to 1953. As recently as 2002, the house sold for $645,000, according to the Wall Street Journal. But it fell into foreclosure, bounced between owners and was declared “a public nuisance and blight,’’ following years of complaints from neighbors. Now the house at 1860 Balmoral Drive is one of 3,000 homes scheduled to be demolished as part of an effort to rejuvenate Detroit.
“It’s sad’’ that his childhood home is being razed, Romney told the Journal, “but sadder still to consider what has happened to the city of Detroit, which has been left hollow by fleeing jobs and liberal social policies.’’
Alas, there is only one remaining government handout that could protect the home: The National Park Service’s tradition of maintaining the childhood homes of presidents. If Romney were to win the big prize in 2012, the place of his upbringing would be a tourist attraction. But that’s one bet Detroit isn’t willing to wait on.