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(Time)   The market speaks and culture dies. London's black cabs are about to become history   (newsfeed.time.com) divider line 16
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2012-11-13 07:31:55 AM
Somebody call Mitt. He'll have a plan to save them.
 
2012-11-13 07:46:40 AM
Why is this such a tragedy? Everything gets replaced, eventually. Are they asking that the horse and buggy remain, too?
 
2012-11-13 08:13:44 AM

notmtwain: Somebody call Mitt. He'll have a plan to save them.


Are you going to post that in every thread? The election is over dude.
 
2012-11-13 08:49:19 AM
Those are really cool cars. They are diesel powered, too. That makes them doubly cool.
 
2012-11-13 08:58:52 AM
Good riddance. I was in one of those things in London 2 years back. Tractor engine and everything. They're not really that great. Iconic? I guess. But they look, ride, and sound like a 50's vintage crapmobile. Which is pretty much what they are.
 
2012-11-13 09:08:56 AM
Checker Cabs went away. Somehow we found the courage and strength to carry on living.
 
2012-11-13 09:22:32 AM

Hand Banana: notmtwain: Somebody call Mitt. He'll have a plan to save them.

Are you going to post that in every thread? The election is over dude.



Yes it is. Doesn't mean we can't ask Republicans for Mitt's secret plan every time there is a bankruptcy.
 
2012-11-13 09:29:33 AM
I just bought a 1982 London black cab, so I'm getting a kick out of most of these replies.
 
M-G
2012-11-13 12:40:42 PM

Pick: Those are really cool cars. They are diesel powered, too. That makes them doubly cool.


Yes, they are diesel powered, but apparently not with a very good engine. I heard a story about this the other day, and one cab driver was hoping the Chinese would buy up the company and start putting Volvo engines in them.
 
2012-11-13 01:28:47 PM

notmtwain: Somebody call Mitt. He'll have a plan to save them.


Whatever do you mean by th-

M-G: one cab driver was hoping the Chinese would buy up the company

Ah, there we are.
 
2012-11-13 03:02:27 PM
We have those here in Ottawa and perhaps some other Canadian cities--although they are an updated model which looks retro but is more modern, fuel-efficient, quiet, comfortable, etc.

Cabs are among the few cars built to last for decades--no built-in obsolescence. It was a shame to lose the old yellow cabs--they had become old enough to be "classic" and would have soon been "antique" like a 1933 Rolls Royce.

I think I'll miss them if they go, although I don't see a lot of them and have never taken a ride in one.

I'm not surprised the older cars are a bit rough--they may have been on the road since the 1940s, let alone the 1950s. But still, they have a sort of quirky charm. It really makes it easier to spot a cab if they are the only cars on the road from an era long enough past to be nostalgic for old couples.

A lot of us late Baby Boomers and early Generation Xers were probably conceived in them, as generations before us.

Besides, 300 jobs is 300 jobs. The reason why it is only 300 jobs is that these things very seldom have to be replaced. Who's making anything frugal and durable nowadays? Not even the Chinese!

They might be greener than a hybrid taxi cab, given how long they last and the small amount of rare earth elements in them. Also, as pointed out, they can navigate London streets like cats, which saves on mileage in a city where traffic moves about two miles per hour faster than it did in 1910 with horse-drawn hansom cabs and carriages.
 
2012-11-13 03:07:19 PM
Twelve miles an hour was the speed of London traffice not long ago, but I think the congestion taxes may have speeded up traffic. They could be going 14 miles an hour on average now.

I find I can walk anywhere less than 30 minutes faster than I can get there in a bus and if you try that in a car during rush hour, closer to an hour. It's almost never worth my while to take a bus or taxi because of traffic. Mind you, the city does have a couple of bottlenecks--you'd have to knock down the 400-store Rideau Centre to get traffic across Sussex Drive any faster--but that's true of most places built before the automobile became king and humans an afterthought for planners (1945 or so).

Well, either way it's back to the Forties. Cab or bicycle? You have your choice of speedy modern transport.
 
2012-11-13 09:33:07 PM

notmtwain: Yes it is. Doesn't mean we can't ask Republicans for Mitt's secret plan every time there is a bankruptcy.


Stop trying to force a meme. It isn't working
 
2012-11-13 11:38:08 PM
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2012-11-14 12:25:24 AM
We'll buy'em. As long as they're not yellow.
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2012-11-15 12:21:34 AM

Devolving_Spud: Checker Cabs went away. Somehow we found the courage and strength to carry on living.


Yeah, but the back seats of American cabs have sucked ever since.
 
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