- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Neighbors are pleased as Detroit starts demolishing a vacant school as part of a broader effort to eliminate blighted public buildings.

Crews with big machines began taking bites out of the former Houghten Elementary School on Tuesday, one of four schools to be torn down this year at a cost of more than $2 million.

The school has been vacant since 2009. Beulah Carter, who has lived nearby for 20 years, brought her daughters and granddaughters to see the work.

Dan Bandrowski, co-director of a youth development center near the school, says it didn’t make financial sense to save Houghten.

The Detroit school district has closed many schools over the years amid declining enrollment. The city last year demolished four and secured dozens that might be redeveloped.

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