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Episode #804: Internet Gypsy Cabs
First Broadcast: 8/13/18
Marking a huge win for drivers who want to make a living wage and pedestrians who want less-clogged streets, New York City has decided to cease issuing new licenses for all "for-hire" vehicles (except for wheelchair-accessible vehicles) for one year, and also mandate a minimum wage for the drivers of these vehicles, all with the goal of reducing the estimated 100,000 (or is it 130,000?) ride-hail vehicles on the road today (over 65,000 of which are from businesses like Uber and Lyft)--up from the 15,000 ride-hail vehicles in the city in 2016. This can only be a good thing (although some might disagree), and not just because it might reduce the instances of violence related to the more unregulated parts of this industry. Anything that can lessen traffic and boost people's incomes has to be worth a try. Isn't a more livable city a goal everybody wants? Sometimes I wonder...

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So, what is Free New York anyway? The simple answer is that it's a this neat little public access TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network which I co-produce with the tremendous help of my camerawoman/editor/everything else, Kim. The complicated answer is that it's a project of mine to broadcast opinions and events which don't always appear within "the mainstream media" (like The New York Times, the major networks, local radio, etc.), and so far I think it's been working.

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