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Quincy’s $1.6 billion renovation of downtown begins

Project will create a ‘dense and vertical’ downtown

In the annals of downtown redevelopment in Massachusetts, the city of Quincy is striking a dramatically different tone.

A $1.6 billion rebuilding effort that officially began Monday features towering structures that are seldom seen in communities outside Boston. In addition to traditional storefronts and commercial offices, those buildings are designed to bring hundreds of new residents into Quincy Center — a place developers hope will stand on its own as exciting city destination.

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