Driving around U.S. cities, it may not seem like there are fewer cars on the road. Many places are as congested as ever. But a new study suggests that it could be a lot worse. Changing attitudes about owning a vehicle and the rise of sharing services like Zipcar have indeed reduced the number of cars on the road from what otherwise would’ve occurred. advertisement advertisement AlixPartners, a consultancy that has automotive clients, interviewed 1,000 licensed drivers in 10 U.S. metro markets to understand what’s motivating people to use car-sharing services and what effect that’s having on vehicle sales. It estimates there are already 500,000 fewer vehicles on the road because of sharing’s popularity, and that lost sales will only increase. By 2020, it expects 4 million people will be sharing cars, and that there will be 1.2 million fewer cars. The survey covered Austin, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, Portland (Oregon), San Diego, San … [Read more...] about Car-Sharing Means There Are Already 500,000 Fewer Vehicles On The Road
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The car, it’s been said, is king in America. In most places, life is impossible without one. Even in most dense cities, presumably the places where it would be easiest to live without a car, municipal codes often include requirements for a certain number of parking spots per person for any new building. But a new neighborhood in Tempe, Arizona, will be an outlier, by fully prioritizing people over vehicles. If you want to live there, you have to agree to not have your own personal automobile. advertisement advertisement Culdesac Tempe, a 1,000-person development set to open fall 2020, bills itself as the “world’s first post-car real estate developer.” Founders Ryan Johnson and Jeff Berens say they want to provide people the option of living a car-free lifestyle. The mixed-use Culdesac Tempe neighborhood is a $140 million project, capitalized by traditional real estate investors, and will include a dog park, restaurants, market hall, grocery … [Read more...] about If you want to live in this new Arizona neighborhood, you can’t own a car
Since its launch in mid-2010, transportation-on-demand startup Uber has grown from its San Francisco roots to more than 60 cities across six continents. And according to widely circulated internal documents published by Valleywag in early December, the company is on track to beat investor expectations and bring in more than $200 million in revenue by the end of 2013. advertisement advertisement But as popular as the service has been with investors, Uber has tangled more or less continuously with existing transportation businesses and regulators who’ve sought to shut the service down. In response, Uber’s waged an aggressive public relations campaign to defend its business and pricing models. The company, founded by serial tech entrepreneurs Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, launched its service in May 2010 under the name UberCab, offering San Francisco customers a digital cross between a taxi company and a car service. Users could summon a car through an iPhone … [Read more...] about How Uber Conquered The World In 2013
Just before Christmas, protesters took to the streets of San Francisco and Oakland to block Google’s double-decker shuttle buses. During one incident, a union organizer impersonating a Google employee berated a protester, “Why don’t you go to a city where you can afford it? This is a city for the right people who can afford it. You can’t afford it? You can leave. I’m sorry, get a better job.” The exchange, while staged, sounded plausible enough. Only a few weeks later, protesters slashed the tires and broke a window on another Google bus. advertisement advertisement These buses have become a visible symbol of tensions between tech transplants and longtime residents, who are increasingly clashing over the rise of income inequality in the area. This elaborate network of private transportation shuttling Silicon Valley workers out of San Francisco each day in Wi-Fi-resplendent comfort has allowed for an influx of high-paid tech employees to … [Read more...] about Can Silicon Valley Be Saved?
As the CEO and cofounder of San Francisco-based Homejoy, Adora Cheung has brought the house-cleaner matching service to 31 markets in the U.S. and Canada, making it easy for college students and busy professionals alike to find and schedule professional cleaners for $20 a hour. And though she may be the boss, don’t think she–and all her employees, for that matter–don’t know their way around a toilet brush. advertisement advertisement Cheung developed her mopping chops during a month of industry research working for a professional cleaning company. She learned some tricks of the scrubbing trade, but more importantly, began to understand in a real way the problems faced both by professional cleaners and owners of messy houses–so much so that Homejoy’s initiation for new hires (yes, even execs and slobby engineers) is to have them go on a test clean. A five-star review isn’t a prerequisite for the job, but it’s looked upon … [Read more...] about Homejoy, The Startup That Makes All New Hires Scrub Toilets