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The Almost-Strike

"They paved paradise
and put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique,
and a swinging hot spot

Now don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise
and put up a parking lot"
 - Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell 

It was early Thursday evening when the taxi drivers announced the strike. Since the decision would effect the whole city, it made the headline of all the local news outlets in Quito: School Canceled on Friday Because of Taxi Strike (Los Clases Estan Cancelado por Paro de Taxistas). Strikes can mean roads closed for protests. Plus, if people depend on taxis to get to work or school it complicates everything. Along with all the schools being closed, there was a special canceling of pico y placa for the day. Pico y placa is a system to try and help with the heavy traffic congestion plaguing the city. It means that every car has a day when it's not permitted to be driven; the day and time depends on the last…

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