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Decorators and such in New York City.   See The Franklin Report (, which has already created waves among interior decorators and home craftsmen in Manhattan.   Like the Zagats (lawyers in their other lives), whose guides on restaurants now cover the nation, Ms. Franklin is an emigre from investing banking, I believe, who also uses a consumer-report approach to weed out shoddy craftsmanship and overcharging in the home trades.  If students at some universities can rate their professors, why can't we rate every profession and trade, since licensing bodies have proved totally derelict in carrying out this kind of task?

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Global - March 2001