Claudia Deutsch has a well-reported and well-written piece on the razor-blade wars [*] on the front page of the business section of Sunday’s New York Times. (Schick is finally providing some real competition to Gillette, which is bad for Gillette but good for consumers.)

But it starts out with the following phrase:

“In a very old Gillette plant on the South Side of Boston…”

As it happens, Boston doesn’t have South Side. (Chicago has South Side.) Boston does have a South End, but that isn’t where the Gillette plant is. (The city still has a North End, and had a West End until the urban renewers got to it.)

The Gillette Plant is across the channel in South Boston, home of the Bulger mob and the site of one of the most successful campaigns of political/racial violence in American history, the “busing” riots of the 1970s.

Now that the Times owns the Globe, you’d think there might be someone on the editiorial staff who had visited Boston, if only to inspect the farm team. Even if that’s not true, can’t the Newspaper of Record afford a fact-checker?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com