Seoul is all for sharing, but not the way Uber and Airbnb want it

Publication: The Taxi Times,

Quartz reports on how Seoul mayor Park Won-soon wants to make the South Korean a ‘Sharing City’, a capital that is a global role model for the sharing economy, but he’s defending the city fiercely against the very startups that have shaped the concept.

Ever since the second-term liberal mayor entered office in 2011, the 60-year-old Park—whose short-lived run in Korea’s presidential race ended last month – has been promoting his “Sharing City” project. The idea is to foster local startups that will ultimately break up economic dependence on Korean giants like Samsung and LG, whose sheer dominance over the economy and politics has even played a role in the crippling scandal surrounding president Park Geun-hye.

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