The roll-out of app-based car services such as Uber and Lyft has been gradual and fairly quiet in most of the U.S. Both businesses hit Colorado Springs in recent weeks, for example, with only moderate fanfare. The same is decidedly not true in Berlin, Paris, London and even Boston, where transportation last week was snarled by cab drivers protesting the upstarts. The problem, they say, is that Uber and Lyft are unfairly unregulated — a quaint battle cry.
Last month, Colorado became the first state to take a stab at regulating the new services. So we probably won't have local protests over this anytime soon, and score one for regulation. But all the hubbub does shine a light, however fleeting, on the people these days who drive old-school cabs.
Unless you've lived in a metropolis such as Manhattan, cabs and their drivers can almost seem like throwbacks to a time before suburbs and two cars in the driveways of many middle-class families. Yet cabs are still in use. One local driver and Indy freelancer, Terry Gibson, estimates he has as many as 20 fares in a 10-hour shift. Who are they?
That's what Gibson has offered to show us, while also opening a window on a Springs we don't always see, and providing another view of human nature. He'll do it in a new column for the Indy. You'll find an introduction to it, along with a photo essay, starting here.