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How Uber Is Changing Night Life in Los Angeles

How Uber Is Changing Night Life in Los Angeles NYTimes com


Rick Garcia, 59, a retired Army major who said he became an Uber driver to fund a vacation, starts and often ends his shifts downtown. “It’s changing in the blink of an eye,” said Mr. Garcia, a Los Angeles native raised in Echo Park, as he wound his way along one-way streets lined with Art Deco buildings, some empty, others now home to yoga studios and juice bars. “There’s a lot of New Yorkers here, and they’re saying it’s almost like New York.”

True enough: The district is drawing comparisons to SoHo in the early 1980s, when former warehouses morphed into galleries and artist lofts. In downtown Los Angeles, a visible homeless population (thousands bed down nightly in nearby Skid Row, according to city estimates) crosses paths with European tourists and designers

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I'm having difficulty understanding why LA didn't have taxi culture till now.

Cost? And now people have stopped caring about cost?