Mar 29, 2024 - News

🔙 Back that Mass. Up: Potential office tax hikes

Illustration of an open box of donuts that spell "Back That Mass Up."

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Mayor Michelle Wu wants to raise tax rates on office buildings if their assessments show large declines in value. (UniversalHub)

  • Wu says the move would prevent the tax burden from shifting onto residents.

A downtown Boston office tower sold for $78 million, far below the $121.7 million price tag it had in 2005. (BBJ)

Kyuramen, a NYC-based ramen chain, is planning to open in Brookline and possibly Winchester. (RestaurantTalk)

Harvard removed the human skin binding (yes, really) from a book in one of its libraries and apologized for having "objectified and compromised the dignity of the human being whose remains were used." (Crimson)

  • Harvard received the book as a gift in 1934.
  • It was traced back to a 19th-century doctor who took the skin from a psychiatric patient's back after she died.
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