The cab business in Kansas City and Beyond

Yellow Cab - 1/80 sec. // f/8.0 // 220 mm // ISO 640

I read a few weeks ago that Ford will be completely discontinuing production of the Crown Victoria, the staple of cabs and police cars, next year. By that, I might grab a few extra police car and taxi cab photographs as I go, while the current new and late model fleet vehicles age and are retired. Many current city scene photos may start to seem antebellum more quickly.

Also, I see the cab business in KCMO has picked over the last few five years I’d guess. Something I notice all over the midtown area that wasn’t as frequent as before, and they’ve picked up a lot downtown also, going by my unscientific, purely visual observations.

Cabs running around. Sounds like it could be some kind of trailing economic indicator replete with both correlations and inversions.

This taxi shot is from my time on Saturday evening at the Worldwide Photowalk. Here I was looking eastward across Grand, where that vast parking lagoon shows what’s across the street the next block over too. That’s another win for Kansas City real estate.

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  1. Craig Bates
    Craig Bates says:

    Eric…Craig at Checker and City Cab here. Thought you might be interested in a Pink Crown Vic. Please check the website.

    You’re right, the Taxi business is ascending after some improved regulations from City Hall, better driver selection and growth in the transport of young people living in the urban area. There’s also been a tremendous increase in bar business from all of exciting entertainment districts.

    I’ve been in the business 32 years and the industry is experiencing an exciting period in spite of the down economy..

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