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Dorchester Preservation; Alleged Downtown Tax Dodges

DORCHESTER—About $250,000 later: "[T]he Clapp Family Barn in Dorchester has been restored back to its original glory and a piece of history has been saved. The grey structure and its smaller carriage house have stood on the Dorchester Historical Society's Boston Street property since 1850, a time when the neighborhood was full of orchards, not concrete and triple-deckers." []
DOWNTOWN BOSTON— Who knew the hot, hot, hot area was blighted? "Mayor Thomas M. Menino has let downtown commercial landowners dodge millions in taxes by declaring their prime properties 'blighted' under an arcane decades-old law — plum tax breaks three developers are scrambling to cement before the new mayor takes over..." [Herald]