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Oregonlive: How Uber ride-sharing sneaked into Vancouver -- and why it can't enter Portland (video)

July 23, 2014 |

Six years ago, Vancouver was home to a pretty strict city code prohibiting people from turning their family car into a DIY taxi service.

But then the Great Recession throttled the city budget.

Vancouver officials decided they didn't have the money for inspectors to enforce everything in the code book. So they weeded out the ride-sharing provision and dozens of other rules.

After all, no one at City Hall could remember the last time someone tried to play weekend cabbie without a permit. Who would bother?

There was no way to know it at the time, but that exercise in bureaucracy-trimming paved the way for ride-sharing service Uber to roll into Portland's largest neighbor without notice last week. The controversial-but-cutting-edge San Francisco tech startup didn't need to ask for permission – and it didn't. READ FULL ARTICLE