My Turn, Your Turn: Centralized taxi stand

By Gary McNair - bio|email

I got an email a couple weeks ago from a man sharing his opinion on the proposed new taxi cab policy in downtown Wilmington.

For those of you who don't know, the city is considering the possibility of one centralized location for hailing a cab.  They've tested this once and will conduct another test the first weekend in December.

Wilmington officials test centralized taxi stand

But this gentleman has his mind made up.   Here is Ken's turn:

 The "Taxi Queue" has got to be the most foolish idea I have heard of.  The only place a queue makes sense is at the airport or a large stadium.  Why would the city even think that having a central location that requires downtown patrons to walk needless blocks to a taxi stand is safe?  What could be safer than being picked up at the front door of the restaurant?  Also, as downtown expands to the north and east, and dining choices get more and more decentralized, it makes even less sense.  And when it starts to rain, why should my wife and I have to walk in the rain to a Taxi Stand?  I don't know of any other city in the world that has such a foolish system and I've been to quite a few.

Well that's Ken's turn on the taxi situation in Wilmington.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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