Night Uber: Ladies from Nebraska

“If we drive by a cop, one of you has to duck.”


Misc
Editor’s note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie. In keeping with the times, we now present Night Uber. I was going to say I get more female t   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 JOHAN MATHIESEN

Night Uber: Taxis for the Poor!

“I can’t give you the rationale, but I can give you the history."

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Features
When Uber invited its drivers to a “Community Open House,” I was happy, as I’d missed the Uber picnic. I did think it curious that it was holding an open house so soon after the picnic and that it was holding it at the Portland Building. S’okay, it turns out it was the city of Portland’s Private For-Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force (I kid you not) Community Open House, not Uber’s. ...   More
 
Thursday, June 25, 2015 JOHAN MATHIESEN

Night Uber: Tattoo Twins

Love doesn’t last, but art goes on forever.

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Features
Editor's note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie, where a cabbie working the night shift wrote about driving people to internet cafes as they listened to R.E.M. on the radio and smoked. In keeping with the times, we now present Night Uber.The first ride of the day was stylin’. As she was getting into the car, I couldn’t ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Lizzy Acker

Uber vs. Portland Gets the Bloomberg Businessweek Feature Treatment

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How big a deal was Portland City Hall's standoff with Uber? It just made Bloomberg Businessweek. The financial magazine's feature story, "This is How Uber Takes Over a City," recounts city regulators' uphill battle with Uber in the days following the $41 billion ride-hailing behemoth's invasion into the Portland market in defiance of city rules. "In Portland, the 28th-largest city in the U.S., 10 people ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 AARON MESH

Night Uber: Typical Passengers

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Features
Editor's note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie, where a cabbie working the night shift wrote about driving people to internet cafes as they listened to R.E.M. on the radio and smoked. In keeping with the times, we now present Night Uber.It’s a select group—self-selected, more accurately said. Typical passenger: late ...   More
 
Monday, June 22, 2015 JOHAN MATHIESEN

Night Uber: Reedies on the Road

“I think we’re scaring the driver.”

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Features
Editor's note: Back in the mid-aughts,Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie, where a cabbie working the night shift wrote about driving people to internet cafes as they listened to R.E.M. on the radio and smoked. In keeping with the times, we now present Night Uber.They were Reedies, Reed College graduates. Not recent graduates, but not far out of ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2015 JOHAN MATHIESEN

Night Uber: Origin Story

“You can either cut your hair or quit.”

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Features
Editor's note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie, where a cabbie working the night shift wrote about driving people to internet cafes as they listened to R.E.M. on the radio and smoked. In keeping with the times, we now present Night Uber. Thanks to film noir and Mickey Spillane, cab drivers have long ...   More
 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 JOHAN MATHIESEN

An Immigrant’s Fare Fight

Taxi drivers have been hit by the arrival of Uber and Lyft—including many who are Ethiopian immigrants.


News Stories
Robel Berhan steers his blue and orange Union Cab with its empty backseat to Hotel Lucia on Southwest Broadway. Nothing. He heads to the Marriott. A line of other cabs blocks his way. He knows a   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Portland Taxi Companies Aren't Changing Prices to Compete with Uber

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Portland's taxis are stubbornly refusing to go wild. Portland City Council removed price restrictions for cab companies when it legalized ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft on April 21. City Commissioner Steve Novick said he was responding to cab-company outcry by giving taxis a new means to compete with Uber's "surge pricing," which hikes fares during periods of high demand. Yet three weeks into the ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 AARON MESH

Uber Uses Its App To Lobby Against a Bill Requiring Commercial Insurance for Its Drivers

The ride-sharing giant claims a bill before state legislators would make it "impossible" to operate in Oregon.

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Portland customers who open the Uber ride-hailing app are getting a scare.The company has installed a pop-up screen urging its riders to lobby against a bill by state lawmakers "that could shut down Uber in Oregon."In fact, the bill in the Oregon House would require transportation companies like Uber and Lyft to carry commercial insurance at all times. A website set up by Uber says if lawmakers pass ...   More
 
Monday, May 11, 2015 AARON MESH

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