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Ride service Uber was in the news again yesterday as anti-Uber protests by taxi drivers erupted in Paris, creating chaos for hundreds of travelers and prompting airlines to offer waivers for missed flights at area airports. In many cities, Uber continues to expand amidst similar controversy, but there are still a handful of cities that ban Uber altogether. To highlight the latter, TPG Content Manager Ryan Gaines shares five cities that desperately need Uber.
1. East Hampton, New York
If you’re a New Yorker, you’ve likely used Uber in the city, but if you’re visiting popular East Hampton this summer, you’ll be out of luck. Though Uber used to operate in East Hampton, it was recently banned by the East Hampton Town Board and its Town Supervisor, Larry Cantwell. The good news? You can still get dropped off in East Hampton — you just can’t request a pick-up.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
Uber had a short-lived debut in Las Vegas, but for the past eight months it hasn’t been allowed to operate in the city at all. Due to a new bill which would place Uber under the Nevada Transportation Authority, the service may be starting up again as early as July 1, 2015 — but I wouldn’t bet on it.
3. Anchorage, Alaska
Uber’s been experiencing quite a challenge in Anchorage, operating for several months without accepting any money from riders in the hopes of being accepted by the city. However, Uber has since pulled out of both Anchorage and Alaska as a whole, and is waiting to re-launch until it’s able to actually charge passengers for rides in the city and state.
4. Vancouver, British Columbia
The Pacific Northwest has been resistant to Uber — Seattle and Portland both gave it quite a fight — and Vancouver is no exception. However, Uber is now pushing to gain a foothold in the city and has even started a petition on its own site, so it’s possible that Vancouver will relent in the near future.
5. Madrid, Spain
If you’re strolling through one of Madrid‘s many squares, you may find plenty of taxis on the streets, but you won’t find any Uber cars, since they were banned in Spain last December. Spanish taxi-cab drivers feared the competition from Uber drivers who didn’t need to be licensed, which led to the ban. However, Uber is doing what it can to get back into Spain, so you may see the service back in Madrid soon.
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Are there any cities that you wish had Uber, but that currently don’t? Feel free to comment below with your suggestions.