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David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
Susan Mai viewed Boston from the roof at her small Beacon Hill apartment. Her devotion to city living is part of a trend.
Almost everywhere you look, it seems, is a new building site in Boston. People are moving back into the city.
More than 5,300 homes are under construction in Boston.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The Factory 63, a newly renovated building in South Boston, includes apartments as small as 375 square feet.
Housing is going up quickly to meet demand — in 2010 alone, Boston’s population grew by 7,500 people and is now above 625,000.
The average rent in Boston is $1,700, but there are many at $4,000 or more.
Crews worked on the upper floors of The Kensington, a new apartment tower going up along Washington Street.
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