Too Broke to Drive (Slate)

By Henry Grabar States have trapped millions of Americans in crippling debt by taking away their driver’s licenses. Can the damage be undone? The first time Shane Moon  lost his driver’s license was in 2013, when his girlfriend was pregnant with his first child. Moon, a construction worker in Lapeer, Michigan, near Flint, was having trouble making…

Why Uber lost $2.2 billion in 9 months (Vox)

by Timothy B. Leetim@vox.com Published on  Jan 9, 2017 It’s not unusual for a new company to lose money as it seeks market share and traction, but Uber is testing investors’ patience to a degree that’s unprecedented in the history of Silicon Valley. A December report from Bloomberg showed that the car-hailing app lost over $2.2…

Driven to Kill (Slate)

BY GEORGGERY SANT, PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015 Why drivers in China intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit. n April a BMW racing through a fruit market in Foshan in China’s Guangdong province knocked down a 2-year-old girl and rolled over her head. As the girl’s grandmother shouted, “Stop! You’ve hit a child!” the BMW’s driver…

How Car-Reliance Squeezes the Middle Class (City Lab)

BY ERIC JAFFE, PUBLISHED APRIL 16TH, 2015 Over at Wonkblog, Max Ehrenfreund breaks down how the rich and poor really spend their money, using a great new dataset from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that splits Americans into income deciles (ten equal-sized groupings). But the stats also show how the middle-class spend their money, and…