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PostPosted: July 25 18, 1:30 pm 
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Much of Uber et. al's success is due to the fact that you press a button on your phone and a car comes to wherever you are within minutes. In cities where taxis aren't circulating constantly this is everything. Remember calling taxis companies and having the dispatcher send one to you? You would have to call 2 or 3 times because the first two they dispatched would never show up and you'd wait for like an hour.

Even in cities with tons of taxis (like Chicago) there are plenty of neighborhoods where it's still hard to get them. Back when I lived in Humboldt Park I got so sick of having to call the taxi company and never have one show up. That's what prompted me to first sign up for uber.


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 Post subject: Re: Uber
PostPosted: July 25 18, 2:54 pm 
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G. Keenan wrote:
Much of Uber et. al's success is due to the fact that you press a button on your phone and a car comes to wherever you are within minutes. In cities where taxis aren't circulating constantly this is everything. Remember calling taxis companies and having the dispatcher send one to you? You would have to call 2 or 3 times because the first two they dispatched would never show up and you'd wait for like an hour.

Even in cities with tons of taxis (like Chicago) there are plenty of neighborhoods where it's still hard to get them. Back when I lived in Humboldt Park I got so sick of having to call the taxi company and never have one show up. That's what prompted me to first sign up for uber.


This is way true. Too often these days “disruption” of an industry really means just finding a way to drive real wages into the ground and put the risk on the employee. The taxi industry should have disrupted itself and not been so [expletive].


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