I’ve been reading the story about classifying Uber and Lyft drivers as contractors with interest. I can see it from the driver’s side. They work hard yet cannot support themselves, particularly during a health crisis. And I can see it from the businesses’ side. They can’t handle any more taxes or regulations.

But we have two economies now: The Mainstreet economy requires merchants to pay their taxes and support their staff. And the online economy doesn’t have to pay as much taxes or support its workers.

That’s not a level playing field.



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Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.