Despite local ‘anger’ on how Uber/Lyft left the city previously or the troubles Uber has internally — that didn’t seem to matter a whole lot.
What we learned from the first week of Uber & Lyft returning to Austin
Andy Tryba

This rather confirms my suspicion that the vote in favor of the protectionist scheme was largely non-customers. This is certainly true of my neighbors, who tend towards civic activism but probably never took a rideshare.

It’s the same story as the smoking ban some years ago. In the main, those voters did not frequent the bars. Rather they were upholding the great progressive tradition of gaining the warm glow of moral superiority by regulating the lives of others.