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Commentary By Nicole Gelinas

A New York Counter-Revolution for Good, Stable Jobs

Cities, Economics New York City, Employment

We supposedly live in the “sharing” economy — where we don’t have full-time jobs but jump from “gig” to “gig.” But the economy could really use a stable-jobs counter-revolution.

One three-year-old company trying to do that is Homer Logistics. If you were in Manhattan during the Feb. 9 storm, you’d have seen Homer’s bicycle-delivery workers, with their bright-yellow coats and black pouches, making their way across snowy streets to bring New Yorkers dinner.

New York has always had bicycle deliverymen — though hampered by inefficiency. Delivery people would be idle sometimes, often not making minimum wage. The rest of the time, they’d be rushing for tips. The deliverymen, in a hurry before the food got cold, would ride the wrong way on whatever bike they could find, often an unsafe one.

In the past decade, the food-delivery business has exploded. But Web sites that make it easier to order food don’t make it easier for people to get the food.

Adam Price, trained as an aerospace engineer, noticed this discrepancy when he moved to New York from....

Read the entire piece here at the New York Post


Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. Follow her on Twitter here.

This piece originally appeared in New York Post