Statistics of the Bloomberg Years

Michael Bloomberg, the consummate technocratic mayor, released a report today on how every city agency is performing, offering the kind of statistics that have been typical of City Hall since he took over.

The 200-page report is a bit of a numerical gold mine, spanning fiscal years 2005 through 2007. Here are some data to compare (2005, 2006, 2007):

Syphilis cases: 646, 587, 805.

Deaths due to drug abuse: 855, 906, 979

Percentage of siblings placed simultaneously in the same foster home: 91.4, 90.2, 85.3

Traffic fatalities (bicyclist/pedestrian): 162, 180, 174

Recycling summonses issued: 119,707; 141, 511; 149, 267