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Old February 23rd 19, 08:15 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Bret Cahill
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Default Uber and the Ongoing Erasure of Public Life

Suburbs have space; cities do not. In midtown Manhattan, where Uber and Lyft drivers spend forty per cent of their time idling without passengers, congestion has reached crisis proportions. In August, New York’s City Council moved to institute a moratorium on new vehicles and a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers. In advance of the vote, Uber sent a warning to millions of users about rising fares and wait times. But a cap is only the beginning of the fight against urban congestion. Transportation consultants have suggested congestion pricing for central business districts, to regulate the number of vehicles on city streets. Even this is a partial solution that wouldn’t address the effects of T.N.C.s in the city at large. A more serious proposal might start with the possibility that Uber is opposed to public transit by design—every ride taken on a subway or bus is competition for its growing supply of cars. The app’s interface—that empty map—declares its priorities: the individual, the vehicle, and a place to be. It erases public space and public lives. The public good is not far behind.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/de...of-public-life

Talk to a chaos monkey about working with the media or government and he'll look at you funny. It's hardly surprising they are extra curricular.

Gummint & media always support the status quo and naturally ostracize anyone and everyone trying to do _anything_. At a minimum they will always drag their feet until, as Keynes wrote, everyone is dead.

The media then act shocked, SHOCKED that they start doing things sua sponte w/o first contacting the authorities.

It's _absolutely identical_ to anti-Semites getting upset about Jews in banking after ostracizing Jews from other occupations.

Someone needs to make up their silly empty heads.


Bret Cahill


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