Signs the neighborhood is improving…

For the past few Sundays when I have been too lazy to get my butt out of the house in time to catch the bus to church, I have tried to catch a cab. Lo, and behold, I have caught them.
I remember when I couldn’t. I would walk along Rhode Island Ave to the metro and keep an eye out for a cab. Most of the time, I’d be at the station before I saw a cab. Now, I can seem to catch one between 6th and 5th Streets.
I know I could catch one quicker along Florida, but Florida is the border between zone 1 and zone 2 and I don’t need to pay extra when I could move over one block. Also, I like to clearly catch a cab in zone 1 so I don’t have to argue with the cabbie about the zones. That happened when I caught one from Union Station (50 Mass Ave, NE), which is still in zone 1, but the cabbie argued that it was in zone 2, which is at 2nd St NE.
Anyway, I have to test the cab catching theory on a weeknight. I see them, but it is a different story when you’re trying to catch them.

4 thoughts on “Signs the neighborhood is improving…”

  1. That does seem like an improvement. You can forget about trying to call them. Two or three times in the last year, I have tried and after an hour, I end up having to hoof it to get to where I need to be. I did once get a cab on North Capitol Ave. The cabbie said it was a first for him also.

  2. Same here, I’ve had troubles getting cabs also in Shaw. But lately I’ve been able to find one within a block of my house.

  3. Now if they would only stop informing my friends “watch themselves around here” when they get dropped of we’d be straight.

  4. I take cabs alot and can’t say I’ve had much of a problem. I’ve lived in Ledroit/Bloomindale since July 2003. During moring rush hour on Rhode Island, I’ve never had to wait more 15 min. and on average about 5 minutes. Same with going out at night on weekends–as long as you try to catch a cab between sunset and around 9 p.m. Sundays nights are dead zones.

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