Thursday, March 8, 2012


From an Op-Ed in yesterday's Times, this should be required reading for Mayor Bloomberg and everyone at
the NYC Department of Health. Excerpt below is the tip of a damning iceberg.

Along with researchers at New York University, Stanford and Yale law schools, I have studied data from more than 500,000 inspections of more than 100,000 restaurants from the last few years in nine jurisdictions: Austin, Tex.; Catawba County, N.C.; Chicago; El Paso; Florida; Louisville, Ky.; New York City; San Diego; and Seattle. Our research examined the process for tallying violations and the consistency of inspections across repeat, unannounced visits to the same restaurant. In a critical dimension, New York performed the worst of the nine. 

The full piece, here.

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