Sharing Economy

Car Share

Opinion: Boost Public Car Share to Reduce Private Vehicle Ownership

Research shows that consistent access to shared cars drastically reduces car ownership rates, but U.S. regulations often impede success for private fleets.

July 29, 2021 - Streetsblog New York City

Uber Eats

Job Losses Strike a Blow to Gig Economy Darlings

Uber and Airbnb both announced massive layoffs this week, after Lyft did the same last week, as the coronavirus pandemic took a toll on very contemporary corners of the economy.

May 7, 2020 - The Washington Post

Old Skool

An Urban, Technologically Enabled Era of Retirement

A feature article in Marketwatch describes a future for retirement communities that look more like WeWork than the golf course-adjacent exurban communities of the 20th century.

May 28, 2019 - Marketwatch

Transportation Network Companies

Ride-Hail Drivers Strike Today. Will Riders Boycott?

Uber is expected to be valued at $91 billion for an Initial Public Offering this spring. Initial investors will get rich. Drivers won't get much.

May 8, 2019 - NPR

Lisbon Tourism

Fostering Global Tourism Without Destroying Cities

More people than ever are traveling, but cities around the world are struggling to keep up. A new declaration aims to balance the benefits and challenges of tourism.

April 13, 2019 - Reuters

48 Global Cities Work on Regulatory Framework for Digital Platforms

During the Sharing Cities Summit 2018, cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid, Montreal, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Stockholm, and Vienna agreed on a Declaration of Principles and Commitments of the Sharing Cities.

November 16, 2018 - Cities of the Future


Boston Mayor Wants to Limit Short-Term Rentals

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh thinks short-term rental companies like Airbnb are having a negative effect on the city's housing market, and he'll walk a fine line to regulate the industry.

May 11, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Driverless Shuttle

Uber GM for Spain: Driverless Model Will Create Jobs

Despite the fatal crash in Arizona and growing fears that taxi drivers will lose their livelihood, Juan Galiardo says he is optimistic that the transition to driverless will “ultimately be beneficial.”

March 30, 2018 - Cities of the Future

New York Skyline Fisheye

Study Analyses the Airbnb Effect in the New York City Housing Market

Less "sharing economy" and more normal economy for New York City in New York City, according to the findings of a recent study.

March 7, 2018 - CityLab

Jump Bikesahre

Uber Now in the Bikesharing Business

Ride-hailing service Uber is piloting a new venture in San Francisco alongside dockless bike-sharing startup Jump.

February 1, 2018 - Modern Cities


Home Sharing or Illegal Hotel?

Like many companies in the “sharing economy,” Airbnb prides itself on “disrupting” the traditional marketplace—but at what cost to New York’s affordable housing?

December 22, 2017 - Urban Omnibus


Next Steps in Lyft's 'Evolution': Public Partnerships, Fixed Routes, Autonomous Fleets

Lyft's Emily Castor Warren situates the company's newest initiatives within the "rapid pace of innovation" occurring in transportation.

October 1, 2017 - The Planning Report

Hotel California

Friday Funny: The Onion Deconstructs the 'Gig Economy'

Satirical news site The Onion lambastes (in familiar fashion) the gig economy—i.e., the euphemism applied to the side jobs and revenue sources offered by transportation network companies like Uber and short-term rental companies like Airbnb.

June 30, 2017 - The Onion


Airbnb Boosts Outreach to Landlords

What drivers are to rideshare companies, landlords are to Airbnb. In response to complaints, the company is upping outreach to its hosts.

March 18, 2017 - The Mercury News

New York City

Are Driverless Cars Good for Cities?

With experts predicting widespread autonomous vehicle (AV) adoption in the not-too-distant-future, many policymakers, designers, and ordinary citizens are left scratching their heads, uncertain of what to expect and how to prepare.

February 22, 2017 - Doggerel


D.C. Bill Would Restrict Short-Term Rentals

The nation's capital could join other cities around the country in drastically limiting the use of Airbnb and other short-term rental companies.

February 6, 2017 - WAMU

Uber Lyft Departure

Driving Uber, Sleeping in Parking Lots

In San Francisco, many who drive for Uber sleep in parking lots and live elsewhere to avoid sky-high rents.

January 26, 2017 - Bloomberg Business


Uber Releases Some of its Coveted Trip Data

Uber is offering a peak at its data in the hopes of contributing to a more informed transportation planning process.

January 12, 2017 - CityLab

Uber Drivers Are Helping the Company Kill Their Own Jobs

Uber needs only a few more years to start its driverless mobility services. Meanwhile its million-plus self-employed drivers are providing the company with money, data, and future customers before their jobs get permanently ditched.

December 14, 2016 - Cities of the Future

New York

Airbnb Drops Lawsuit with the State of New York

The frontline of the ongoing battle between Airbnb and government regulators shifts from Albany to New York City.

November 26, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

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