In the Companies Of Strangers

I spent a week renting from Airbnb, Uber and other sharing-economy startups. Here's what your neighbors are up to.


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The summer wind presses Marquam Hill like the dank breath of a stranger talking too close. I’m lying on the hardwood floor of a barely furnished apartment along with two dentists, a Bronx high   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AARON MESH

VIDEO: Commissioner Steve Novick Says Uber is "a Tricky Issue" for Portland

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Uber has Portland surrounded.The San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup is now operating in Vancouver, Wash., Eugene and Salem, even as it lobbies to break into the Portland cab market. Uber enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, with customers summoning rides with the tap of a phone app. As WW reported last week, Portland remains the largest city on the West Coast where Uber isn't ...   More
 
Friday, July 25, 2014 AARON MESH

It's Not Just Uber Trying to Break Into Portland—Lyft is Lobbying, Too

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Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup that enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, today re-ignited its drive to get its service legalized in Portland. The company's PR blitz includes hiring a truck to deliver ice cream to City Hall—and comes seven months after the city's taxi board rejected Uber's demands to change Portland's rules for town cars. As WW reported this ...   More
 
Friday, July 18, 2014 AARON MESH

Them’s The Brakes

Why City Hall loves home-sharing company Airbnb but not car-sharing startup Uber.


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Mayor Charlie Hales says he wants Portland to stand as a leader in making room for the “sharing economy.” That’s one reason he has championed rewriting city rules to legalize the operations    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON MESH

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