DC Fights Uber, Hurts Consumers and the Environment
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  • Corlyss

    One of the reasons DC is such a tough market is Congress. If you have ever pondered on Zone #1, I believe it is, and the size of it, it just have struck you as comparatively odd. It was laid out that way so the Congressmen and staffers could ride between Capital Hill and White House with the smallest fare humanly possible in a market system.

    • Mayor Fenty killed the zone system a few years back and faced down the cabbies who went on strike. It’s a pity Fenty is no longer running this town. He wasn’t perfect, but he was a breath of fresh air given DC politicians’ track record.

      • Corlyss

        Thanks. I’m glad you cleared up the record. I didn’t research the current state of DC’s taxi services until after I posted that. I tried to delete the post, but it wouldn’t let me.

        I regret Fenty’s loss to the current mayor too. Fenty brought in Rhee to make meaningful changes to the execrable education system in DC, and he lost to the current mayor precisely because the entrenched interests didn’t want any changes to said execrable system. Fenty’s gone. Rhee’s gone. And the District still has the happy combination of the most dollars spent per pupil and the worst graduation rate of any major city. It’s a real tragedy for the lives that the old system has been destroying for the last 40+ years.

  • Rick Caird

    Arnold Kling summed it up perfectly when he wrote:

    “Markets are conducive to evolutionary improvement. Government empowers those who want to resist change.”

    He probably should have added “and politicians love payoffs”.

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