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  • Inside Edge: The Councilman and the Crooked Building Consultant

    According to the article, "In a scheme that fit the dismal pattern of past scandals, prosecutors said city employees took free trips, meals, and tickets to sporting events from a corrupt, private buildings consultant who went unnamed in the indictments. In this case, the suspects went as high as the agency's well-liked number two executive, veteran bureaucrat Barry Cox."
  • Slacker fire inspectors

    The Times-Union reports that Jacksonville fire inspectors have spent almost two-thirds of their time shopping, running errands and going home in the early afternoons. The findings are documented with photographs of inspectors goofing off in the middle of the day. The city fire prevention department has left some buildings and businesses not inspected for up to 10 years, making the excuse that there are not enough employees. Other findings include that the fire marshal's office did not try to correct hazards it knew about, that a downtown hotel burned three times because it did not comply with the minimum fire prevention standards, and that the department's records and work logs were false and grossly incomplete.
  • Shoddy Home Construction

    A Boston Globe investigation reveals that "Toll Brothers, the country's largest builder of luxury homes, is plagued by lax supervision, sloppy construction methods and the use of inferior materials, generating substantial ill will among buyers nationwide." The stories focus mainly on problems in Hopkinton Highlands, and report that some luxurious homes built by Toll Brothers have foundation cracks, faulty framing and improperly secured walls. The series also reports that substandard home construction is becoming a national problem, and that the government admits serious lapses in overseeing the performance of home building companies.
  • The Invisible Inner City: Poverty, Crime and Decay in Roanoke's Oldest Neighborhoods

    The series analyzes the decline of seven neighborhoods that surround downtown Roanoke. Just three blocks in any direction from tourist destinations are neighborhoods in serious deterioration. The series chronicles the following: rural counties send their poor to Roanoke for more readily available social services, neighboring counties do not help finance these people's aid, the middle-class exodus stoked crime, city courts allowed the 20 landlords most often cited for building code violations to postpone repairs, the city received $50 million in federal money intended to create jobs and housing and instead spent it on downtown renovations and City Hall administration.
  • DESIGN FOR DISASTER

    WCIX-TV (Miami) finds that much of the destruction to buildings and homes as a result of Hurricane Andrew were the result of building code violations and shoddy construction, Sept. 16 - 18, 1992.
  • Apartments Question

    WHO-TV (Des Moines, Iowa) finds a local apartment complex had been cited with more than 1,400 building code violations; series finds mismanagement, safety violations, Aug. 13-15, 1985.
  • Oot Meadows

    WTVH-TV (Syracuse) series uncovers building code violations in a Syracuse suburb that led to high-cost repairs for homeowners, April 24-25, 1985.