An empty lot in Detroit’s Palmer Woods neighborhood where Mitt Romney’s boyhood home once stood. Shown for effect only …
DETROIT — All that’s left of Mitt Romney’s boyhood home is an empty lot, his family’s old house in Detroit’s Palmer Woods neighborhood having been bulldozed two years ago in May.
The Romney family home fell victim to a familiar predator in the city of Detroit: abandonment and blight. The city ordered the demolition of the home, at 1860 Balmoral Drive, in 2010 as part of an initiative to address blight throughout the city.
Romney has made frequent mention of his roots in southeast Michigan during his campaigning before Tuesday’s primary in the state. He elaborated on the fate of his boyhood home, in which the family lived until 1953 according to the Boston Globe, at a stop Thursday evening in Milford:
“I was born in Detroit, Harper Hospital, our home was right around six-mile and Woodward, a place called Palmer Park. And uh, we had a home there. It’s been bulldozed now because it turned, I guess, into an eyesore or a place where drugs were being used so they had to tear it down. It was a lovely home.”