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Inside Tijuana's Taxi Showdown

Inside Tijuana's Taxi Showdown

Yellow cab drivers in Tijuana have historically been among the first to greet people right as they walk cross the U.S.-Mexico border. For decades, yellow taxis had first dibs on tourists, and they had little in the way of competition. But the rise of ride-sharing companies like Uber has disrupted the taxi industry there, and the yellow cabs aren't happy about it. On this week’s podcast, Andrew Keatts and Kinsee Morlan sit down with Derrik Chinn and Alejandro Torres from the tour company Turista Libre to discuss the Tijuana taxi cab turf war and how it connects to Tijuana politics. Early this month, a video surfaced that showed a flock of cab drivers harassing and possibly physically assaulting a man for opting to take an Uber instead of a taxi. This kind of harassment has been happening for months, say Chinn and Torres, but the yellow cab company's political power stopped city officials from doing anything about it. City leaders did finally step in when the video started getting lots o