The good and bad of Ridesharing when it comes to Race

THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM on Uber and Lyft is that the ride-hail services are shortcuts for rich people, who take advantage of venture capital-subsidized rides at the expense of struggling gig economy workers.

Parts of that narrative are probably true. But a UCLA urban planning dissertation published this spring that looked at Uber and Lyft riders and drivers in the County of Los Angeles shows that the tale takes some interesting turns.