A health code blitz in Downtown Crossing
Area scoured for pests, sanitation problems
A team of city inspectors, armed with flashlights, latex gloves, and clipboards, swept through three Boston alleys on Thursday and toured buildings along a storefront-lined, pedestrian-only section of Winter Street searching for health, sanitation, and safety problems. They issued a dozen violation notices to property owners and their commercial tenants, including food-court shops, a restaurant, nightclub, and retail businesses. The crackdown comes as city and state officials are working together to combat a rat problem on Castle Island in South Boston.