New Detroit Mayor says he will knock down 10,000 structures in his first term…plan is to “right-size” Detroit to reflect shrinking population…

Wrecking crews are preparing to tear down a landmark 5,000-square-foot house in the posh neighborhood of Palmer Woods in the coming weeks, a sign that Detroit is finally getting serious about razing thousands of vacant and abandoned structures across the city.

In leveling 1860 Balmoral Drive, the boyhood home of one-time presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Detroit is losing a small piece of its history. But the project is part of a demolition effort that is just now gaining momentum and could help define the city’s future.

Read the full article, “Detroit Shrinks Itself, Historic Homes and All” in the Wall Street Journal (May 14, 2010).

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