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PRINT October 1976

MoMA Hails the Cab

IF THE PEOPLE AT THE Museum of Modern Art were really serious about “The Taxi Project: Realistic Solutions for Today,” they would have put a nice shiny new Checker in the corner to compare with the five nice shiny new models they commissioned. Instead they have in the corner London’s Austin taxi, famed for its roominess and elegant but discreet styling. Such a standard may account for why the new taxis are so luxurious. It may also account for the fact that they are so impractical.

The Austin was extensively tested in New York in the ’60s, and found to fall victim to the potholes of New York’s streets. So much, then, for the keynote struck in the show’s subtitle: the new designs are all slung extremely low to meet the museum’s standards for wheelchair and passenger access, and so run the same danger, among others. For after going all the way across the Atlantic to find a benchmark, it was

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