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Deandub11
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Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 3:31 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My girlfriend was in town along with some of her friends. I took them downtown on Saturday. One is from Baltimore and asked me why there were no cabs downtown (not to mention the question of "where are all the people" which probably relates to why there are no cabs.) I understand that there probably isnt critical mass to sustain a lot of cabs downtown, but when the city was at its population peak were there a lot of cabs or was this always a city where you had to have your own car?
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Bulletmagnet
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Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 3:51 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Deandub11, I think when Detroit was at peak population, most took the street car. Now they must take the Murder Bus (see related posts). There are no people, because they are all dead.I hope she didnít get killed, we want her to come back.

(Message edited by Bulletmagnet on April 04, 2007)
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 4:14 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Deandub11, I think when Detroit was at peak population, most took the street car. Now they must take the Murder Bus (see related posts). There are no people, because they are all dead.I hope she didnít get killed, we want her to come back. "

I'm trying to laugh but it just isn't funny.

Especially when I remember your tasteless postings of the pictures of that kid who was shot and killed by the police.
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Jman
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Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 4:38 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When the city was at it's population peak in the early 50's there were 1310 bond plates (taxi cab licenses). Today there are still 1310 bond plates. On the weekends most drivers cruise the neighborhoods as there is little action downtown.
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Mbr
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Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 4:41 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Call Detroit Cab. Company and they will be there in 5 minutes.
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Corktownmark
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 5:07 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

BM (sorry but those are your initials) Cabs are available at cab stands, the bus station, the train station, hotels and sometimes even driving down the street. You can ask any bartender or waiter to call one for you and soon they will appear. Come on down and try to enjoy the city. you may find you like it after all.
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Danindc
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 5:11 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Are you able to flag down cabs in Detroit, or are you required to call one or hire a cab from a designated cab stand?

I ask because I know Cleveland forbids you from flagging down a cab, which seems counterintuitive to me. Here in DC, if you try to call a cab, they'll never show up.
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Corktownmark
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 5:15 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good question Dan. I have had success flagging cabs downtown. But that doesn't mean it is legal. I take the train to Chicago a couple times a year. I usually call for one to pick us up at the house. there have always been cabs available for passengers on arriving trains which we take home from the station.
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Bulletmagnet
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 5:29 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Danindc if flagging doesnít work, try shooting. Both are illegal, but it will get their attention.
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Skulker
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 6:50 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Deandub11, I think when Detroit was at peak population, most took the street car. Now they must take the Murder Bus (see related posts). There are no people, because they are all dead.I hope she didnít get killed, we want her to come back.



Hey fucktard, try staying Ferndale will ya? You are not "we" and "we" are not dead. Don't you have a well to dig?

DinDC:
Cabs can be hailed anywhere. There are a number of stands throughout downtown that are easy to get to if you think about them. I laugh when I see people standing in Greektown looking for a cab for 30 minutes, when one block away, there are a dozen or more lined up outside the casino.

In the last 2-3 years flagging a cab in the CBD has become infinitely easier, especially when looking for one near bars / restaurants on Fri & Sat. Coming out of Centaur the other Sat. evening I had my choice of two as soon as I stepped out the door. Still not good when not near bars, but far better than even the recent past.
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Bulletmagnet
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 6:54 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sorry Skulker, I didn't know you were a hack.
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Reetz12
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 6:56 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Now that the weather is warmer shouldn't we be seeing the Pedicab?
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Mackcreative
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 6:58 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There are always cabs near the casinos. No judgement--just a good place to find a cab downtown.
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Erikd
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Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 12:36 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is pretty easy to catch a cab downtown if you know the drill. The casinos and hotels always have cabs around. Just go to the valet/drop-off area, and you will get a cab in short order. If you don't want to walk over to the casino or hotel, have a restaurant or bar call you a cab, and they will show up pretty quickly.
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Supersport
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Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 1:47 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Here in DC, if you try to call a cab, they'll never show up.



Well then, your city fuckin' sucks!
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Rrl
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Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 12:18 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Had no issues hailing two cabs last Monday after opening day; the first was hailed at Cheli's to head to Lafayette Coney for some tasty morsels, the second hailed at Griswold & MI to get to Greektown. Normally I'm not that lazy & would have hoofed it, but we had a group of folks and they wanted to get there quickly.

I'll second Skulker's comments, getting cabs has become infinitely easier w/in the last few years.
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Tomoh
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Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 8:10 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've been able to hail cabs on Woodward in Midtown without a problem. Sit at Beans & Bytes and stare outside and you'll see what I mean. There are many servicing the medical center, so that particular location is especially good.
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The_rock
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 8:49 am: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would think that being a cab driver in this town would still be a tough job. Representing Check Cab for a good 20 years reminds me of three classic drivers:
Ernest Leonard, when asked by the plaintiff's atty what color the light was as he entered the intersection, answered:
"Almost green".

Judge Wise, in a chamber's settlement discussion, asked my cab driver if he first stopped for the stop sign. The cabbie answered:
"Judge, if I stopped for every God damned stop sign in this town, I wouldn't make no money".

The there was the cab driver who was charged with an alleged rape of a passenger ( which he claimed was consensual), told the insurance adjustor when asked why he did it:
"It must have been the wolf in me".

Still---it's gotta be a very tough job.
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 2:31 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There was a book about being a Detroit cabbie called "I Married a Taxicab." It was Armenian-American cabbie's "memoir," put out on a vanity basis, I think. For a vanity book, it was pretty good.

(Message edited by detroitnerd on April 15, 2007)
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 2:34 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And, just putting this out there: There's one Detroit cab company that, in my opinion, employs the blindest, stupidest, and most batschitt-crazy drivers in the city.

BONUS QUESTION: What color cabs do they drive?
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Caldogven
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 3:46 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

At one time there was Detroit Cab, Radio Cab,and Checker Cab which took over Yellow Cab. Checker had to retain one cab with the Yellow logo, but was never in service.
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Oldredfordette
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 4:09 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The black cabs with the Chinese looking letters. I don't know the name, I'm always trying to save my life when I see them. They are a trip.

There are always cabs around Cobo/Ponchatrain.
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 4:19 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

OldRed: I think that's City Cab. (aka Schitty Cab)
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Abracadabra
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 5:33 pm: ††Edit PostDelete Post†††Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

City Cab has a few pimped-out taxis, with rims and tinted windows. When Kid Rock did that D tour with Jimmy Kimmel, he was driving a City Cab.

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