The UK capital's taxi has been a dependable feature of the city's streets, but now it is under threat as the company that manufactures them is declaring bankruptcy.

This article titled “Are the black cab’s days numbered?” was written by Laura Barton, for The Guardian on Tuesday 23rd October 2012 18.15 UTC

There are certain features of London’s transportation network that seem emblematic not merely of modes of travel, the simple passage from A to B, but of the city itself: the blood-red buses, the warm dusty air of its underground stations, the flicker of bicycle wheels through wet streets. And prince among them stands the black cab, all dark beetly curves and illuminated orange crown, a symbol of quiet dependability and polished tradition, the vehicular equivalent of a well-made brogue.

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