Taxi!: Cabs and Capitalism in New York City
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Taxi!: Cabs and Capitalism in New York City

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"New York City taxi drivers have the toughest of jobs, working twelve-hour shifts, seven days a week, for not much more than the minimum wage. The vast majority are lease drivers who, unable to afford the $300,000 for a taxi medallion, hire their cabs on a daily or weekly contract. If bad weather or traffic hits business, the burden is entirely theirs. To make matters wors...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 26th 2005 by New Press, The (first published 2005)
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i first read this book for a paper i was writing on a sector of the new york city economy. what a ride! (sorry about the bad joke.)

i know biju slightly, and know his and bhairavi desai's work to organize new york's incredibly diverse fleet of cabdrivers even more intimately. this book roots an informed examination of this little-known yet highly visible sector of the city's economy in the struggle for economic justice for new york's south asians and immigrant workers after 9/11.

an incredible,...more
The first hundred fifty pages of this book were pretty good, discussing the taxi system in nyc and the problems with it. The socialist bias of the author was never disguised but it didnt take away from the interesting information the book contained. However the latter half or so of the book more or less dropped any taxi discussion for a screed against globalization and capitalism. At this point the biases of the author were much harder to ignore and both the material and the writing suffered dra...more
A labor alliance of taxi drivers in NYC succeeds in many ways, from winning economic concessions for its members to building a true alliance of a labor force made up mostly of immigrant men from struggling against entrenched capital interests. A positive and hopeful story in a time when they're hard to come by.
it would be better to ride around in a cab and ask the driver questions, because you'd probably get less of a rant.
great insight into nyc, immigration, racism, classism, and how we all get played
Sep 05, 2007 Kstn marked it as to-read
just did some volunteering for his group, Taxi Workers' Alliance. sounds interesting
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