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After fits and false starts, Milwaukee officials mark city’s first deconstruction job

Darnell Williams, of Spencer Renovation & Construction, pulls a nail from a stud at a house his employer is taking down at 3041 N. 6th St. in Milwaukee. It's the first house in Milwaukee to be deconstructed, rather than demolished, nearly two years after local officials adopted an ordinance requiring deconstruction for blighted properties. (Staff photo by Nate Beck)

City officials celebrated Milwaukee's first deconstruction project on Thursday, admiring the work of a contractor taking apart a vacant house on the city's north side — some two years after a policy was enacted requiring blighted homes to be taken apart instead of torn down.

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