FIFTH IN A SERIES
Minneapolis is a tough place for taxicabs. The city has been flooded with taxis in recent years, and now the recession means fewer people travel downtown and spend money on cabs.
Drivers have been forced to work longer shifts — up to 12 hours a shift — and some drivers say they only bring home minimum wage.
In 2006, the city decided to add 45 taxis each year until 2010 to help increase competition. So there are now fewer fares and more driviers dealing with longer hours and lower pay.
McKenna Ewen is a student journalist at the University of Minnesota. His entire project is available at TimesOfRecession.com.