THE NATURAL RESULT OF THE BLUE MODEL: Cory Doctorow: On The Horrors of Getting Approval For An Ice Cream Parlor In San Francisco. Yet the lesson from this continues to elude.
"Ms. Pries said she had to endure months of runaround and pay a lawyer to determine whether her location (a former grocery, vacant for years) was eligible to become a restaurant. There were permit fees of $20,000; a demand that she create a detailed map of all existing area businesses (the city didn’t have one); and an $11,000 charge just to turn on the water."
Look, a lawyer with a job!