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Jamaica Plain neighbors team up to develop empty lot

Residents often devote much time and energy to try to block construction proposals. They might write and call elected officials, air gripes at community meetings, stage protests, or even sue.

But one group of longtime neighbors in Boston’s Jamaica Plain section is taking an extraordinarily personal approach to steering development on their street: pooling together more than $1.5 million of their own money and loans to buy a vacant lot and build housing they helped design.

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