The city plans to introduce their own app for licensed taxis.
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This past Monday Seoul City said it planned to ban Uber, the smartphone car-hailing service, and launch its own app for official taxis. Some reacted by calling Seoul’s sharing cred into question because, after all, Seoul is the self-proclaimed Sharing City with arguably the most ambitious sharing economy agenda of any city in the world.
Mayor Park (directly in front of the sculpture) and Seoul citizens hear the call for a sharing city. Citizens the world over are rallying around the sharing economy as a solution to the pressing challenges they face. Cities, which are perfectly positioned to enact big changes on a human scale, have the potential to lead this movement.
"Since the declaration of Sharing City, Seoul has been one of the pioneers on city-driven sharing movement. The current mayor Won-Soon Park, whose background is from non-profit social sector, is very much eager to realize transparency and citizen engagement through sharing resources of the city.
Elected in October 2011, Park Won-Soon is the 35th Mayor of Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. In this interview with Urban Solutions on 1 December, the winner of the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service explains how Seoul has pioneered sharing as a low-cost, environmentally friendly solution that can improve social equity, create economic opportunities and “recover the communities and the relationships between people that we lose when we live in a city.”
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