The Walrus talks about the fight between Toronto Uber and the taxi drivers in their latest issue HERE. According to the article, “The mayor wants to create a “level playing field,” where ride sharing can go bumper to bumper with licensed taxis. But for that to work, “Uber can’t continue operating like it’s the Wild West, where you can have anyone you like driving a car around without any regulation whatsoever. That’s not in the public interest.” Find out more about the people behind Uber HERE.
Uber is just one of the growing number of examples of how the modern generation is looking to help each other out. You can now book a couch (couch surfing) in someone’s living room in any country in the world, at a significant rate cut from a traditional hotel. Airbnb offers rooms in houses all around the world, stays for overnight or longer. You can find any article that you want searching in kijiji or craigslist. No store front, middle men or advertising dollars exchanged.
What should the politicians do, if anything, to curb this type of underground economy? Is it fair to the workers of the existing institutions? What do you think?