Stacy-Marie Ishmael talks to WNYC New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi about apps that hail cabs for you in NYC and why, despite slow growth and popularity, they are very promising for minority communities
, specifically, as Ms Ismael says, "brown people": "It takes away the possibility that you're not going to want to take me somewhere because you think I live in the outer boroughs or you're discriminating on the basis that you think I'm going to rob you, or you think I'm going to be committing some random act of vandalism based on your profile of me."
Filmmaker Casey Neistat decided to conduct an experiment where he'd commute to his office via taxi, via personal bike, and via Citibike, and then compared the three commutes based on criteria like cost and time.
Quite good: Victoria Hannan’s portraits of London cab drivers, with stories. My favorite: Ray (pictured above). “Ray’s been driving cabs for 16 years. He thinks it’s the best working class job there is and that there aren’t many others that let you work every day of your life if you want to.”
A job that lets you work every day of your life = best job. :(
(Another favorite woke up at 4 a.m. everyday for three years to study The Knowledge, “a test which has been described as a bit like having a mental atlas of London in your head.”)
Early last spring, my friends told me to call my car insurance company and negotiate a discount when my rates shot up by 85 percent. I thought about calling some customer service department and asking for that, or worse: shopping around, getting multiple quotes, really optimizing my deal.
Instead, I sold my car.