Pulitzer data

“What Went Wrong,” a special report published by the Miami Herald four months after Hurricane Andrew, depicts negligence and corruption by developers, builders and home inspectors, and presents an exhaustive and compelling exposé with descriptive drawings, diagrams and images. The newspaper’s thorough processing of 60,000 damage inspection reports ultimately revealed that many of the hard-hit neighborhoods were far from the highest winds, and compelled and informed the scope and focus of the special report. Specifically citing the name, date and number of inspections that were performed in one Dade County day, the Herald’s research also revealed that although the number of of building permits doubled over a six-year period, the number of Dade county inspectors increased by only two. The special report demonstrated the power of compiling multiple geographic information systems data sets for investigative purposes.

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