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As residences rise, downtown builds a new vitality

Inside the darkened shell of the original Filene’s store, Debra Taylor Blair glimpsed the beginning of a new life for downtown Boston.

Seated before her was an unusual crowd for this part of the city: more than 80 residential real estate brokers, all of whom had accepted the housing researcher’s invitation for a tour of the Filene’s site and others around the district where new housing is planned.

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