Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:49pm
Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up. What if the taxi-service app on your cellphone had a button on it that let you indicate that you were willing to share a ride with another passenger? How drastically could cab-sharing reduce traffic, fares, and carbon dioxide emissions?
Two MIT CoLab Mel King Community Fellows (MKCF), Ai-Jen Poo (2013-2014) and Rick Lowe (2014) have been selected as 2014 MacArthur Fellows. Ai-Jen Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, her MKCFs cohort has been focused on labor/community partnerships and innovative approaches to organizing worker power. Rick Lowe is Founder of Project Row Houses, his MKCFs cohort is focused on how the field of urban planning can be animated with the creativity and criticality of artist's perspectives.