First let’s paint all the taxis!

Was Marcelo Ebrard the Earl Schieb of Mexico City? Are paint shops more politically connected anywhere in the world than they are in Mexico City ?

Consider the taxi.

 

In the late 90s when we lived in Mexico, this is what the street taxis looked like:

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The famous Vochos.

When Ebrard became mayor in 2008, he decreed a color change (maybe he graduated from florida state?):

goldtaxi

In 2010 he rolled out the “for women only” taxis (I am not making this up):

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Now he’s gone, but the powers that be in Chilangolandia have decreed yet another color change for taxis that must be completed by 2017:

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This is another great example of how governments can solve any problem, even ones that don’t exist.