Imagine circling a crowded Center City block for the third time, hunting for a parking spot. The lots are full, there isn’t a public spot anywhere to be found, and Philadelphia Parking Authority agents are waiting to pounce on any mistake.
Hillary Clinton has put Uber, Airbnb and the sharing economy in her crosshairs as she runs for president.
In a speech laying out her economic agenda on Monday, Clinton acknowledged that “many Americans are making extra money renting out a spare room,” or even “driving their own car.” But, she cautioned that it’s “raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.” Read more »
1. Where is Tony Bruno?
The News: Regular listeners of 94 WIP have likely realized that something has been missing from their afternoon sports radio show over the past two days — host Tony Bruno. And it doesn’t appear to be a summer vacation.
Instead, he’s in a cooling off period over a rift with co-host Josh Innes, according to Crossing Broad. Apparently, Bruno “was put off by Innes’ constant badgering and trolling of his own audience – a conclusion that is obvious to just about anyone listening,” said Crossing Broad. “Things may have come to a head a couple of weeks ago when Innes made fun of a caller who was clearly under the influence and had an admitted coke problem.” Read more »
1. Uber’s food delivery hiring Philly GM
The News: Uber isn’t just a people-delivery service, it’s also a food-delivery service through its vertical UberEATS. Now the company is hiring a general manager to head up the Philly operation, according to Technically Philly. It’s currently available in just five cities: New York, Barcelona, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto.
The job listing said the company is looking for someone with a “get shit done attitude” and the “fear tolerance of a honey-badger:” Read more »
Ever since UberX debuted in Philadelphia proper in October of last year, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which has authority over all taxis and limousines in the city, has maintained that the hugely popular car service is illegal. PPA investigators have impounded dozens of UberX cars and cited their drivers in sting operations, and Uber has fought those actions in court. Well, the judge in those cases recently began issuing rulings, and he has sided against Uber every single time. Read more »
So, Uber just launched a new video game. Seriously.
But it’s not just meant to be a good time — it’s meant to recruit new drivers.
Called UberDRIVE, the game takes place in San Francisco and tasks users with making pickups and delivering passengers safely to their destinations. Here’s how the company describes it in a recent blog post. Read more »
Citified recently wrote about the growing number of private companies in other cities that seem to see a market opening in what’s sometimes called “microtransit,” including Uberpool, Bridj and Lyft Line. There’s also at least one company, TransLoc, that’s trying to convince public mass transit agencies to embrace on-demand, dynamic routing technology.
1. Urban Outfitters’ Dreadful Earnings Report Sends Stock Tumbling 16 Percent
The News: Well I guess the experts were wrong. In a shocking earnings report, Urban Outfitters recorded sales of $739 million, which fell well short of analysts expectations of $757.58 million. Online retail expenses and deep discounting were major culprits. Anthropologie — normally a top performing brand — saw sales climb a disappointing 1 percent — the slowest growth in 11 quarters. It reported earnings per share of $0.26, below analysts’ estimates of $0.30. CEO Richard A. Hayne called it a “disappointing quarter” and said the company is “working diligently to regain its fashion footing.”
What it Means: Financial analysts have been raving for months about Urban Outfitters, calling it a comeback story after its flagship brand showed serious growth in the fourth quarter and the company hit $1 billion in revenue. Since October, shares had made a serious recovery and hit multiyear highs. Read more »
Commerce Square debuted a new outdoor digital screen that will actually be helpful to the throngs of office workers, commuters and visitors in Center City. Brandywine Realty Trust announced a partnership today with TransitScreen to introduce a digital hub that provides real-time updates on various forms of transportation, including SEPTA and New Jersey Transit schedules, Uber distance times, nearby car share locations and even Indego Bike Share docking info.
Essentially, the one-stop-shop allows you to choose the most convenient form of transportation for whatever trip you’re about to take. CityLab explains that the “goal is to focus on getting city residents to consider all their travel options before they ever leave” and proclaimed that the tech belongs “in every lobby.”
Here’s what that info might look like on the giant LED screen or on a TV in the lobby of the building: Read more »
As the Philadelphia Parking Authority carries on its war against massively popular smart phone-based car service Uber — a service that continues to operate in Philadelphia despite its illegality — the company has also been clashing with state regulators, who this week forced Uber to turn over proprietary data and also proposed a fine of $19 million. Read more »