I think he's gone nuts. I had a girl in the cab who was an intern for the city and she said when he came in and started this big huge ordeal about cabs not being able to drive on State Street anymore, everybody in the room was like what the hell is he talking about.
The rest of the city might not be aware but he is pulling out all the guns trying to squash our trade and yes, the nightlife downtown too. Look at what he did to the Mifflin Street Block Party this year, it was a nightmare. His version of solving a problem seems to be making sure nobody wants to go there. The Mifflin Street thing was a safety success this year because nobody wanted to go there. It was empty by 6pm.
First he said its because of too much traffic on State Street. We demonstrated that there's no traffic problem after 10pm. Then he said it would jeopardize Metro funding, but that was completely debunked. Now he's out there playing candid camera trying to find any example of a cab driver doing (what exactly) so he can prove to the city how terrible we are. ALL we try to do is help a very grateful public get home safe, not drive drunk, and not be stuck in large numbers downtown. Since the cab ban we have this.
NBC15 wrote:The detail will consist of officers, detectives, and members of the MPD's Crime Prevention & Gang Unit. Their collective goal is to deter criminal activity in the State Street corridor, to include the 600 block of University Ave. In recent months, large numbers of people have been congregating in these areas after 10:00 p.m. The composition of the crowd has changed dramatically from days when it has been predominantly students waiting to get into bars or area restaurants to large groups of people just hanging out. Officers report crowds are often stagnant, disruptive, confrontational, combative and hostile to police.
Its obvious he's taken everything personally at this point and has lost all concern for anything else besides getting his way. Apparently the idea is he's ready to retire and likes to go to bed early (except for when he's up photographing taxi drivers), so we all should be ready to retire and go to bed early. Downtown doesn't need a bar scene, right? Why not just target a completely harmless profession and pick on them because there's nobody there to stop him, right? True, he used to drive a taxi, but he's got zero credibility at this point. He's steamrolling us like a politician, an endless onslaught, vilification and trying to wait everybody out to try to sneak his plan into policy. When we heard he was out taking pictures another driver and I were just shaking our heads, unable to believe that this is what we get out of a mayor we both voted for. He's lost his marbles.
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