I’ve been thinking about it more and more, and where I 100% used to use VRBO for AWESOME trips, I have sort of soured on it, namely because of the flap in our city and Sausalito… and how it was changing the downtown, the neighbors and neighborhood. I will say the people who are trying to run illegal rentals in my town seem to be entitled, creepy weirdos.
Any of you have opinions pro or against these services? I just want them regulated, personally. This free for all where tech is able to throw money at governments to buy time seems a waste of it… we need to figure this stuff out rather than hope it fixes itself. None of the apps, rental economy people have their customers best interests at heart.
So, I’ve been ambivalent about my selfish and entitled desire of convenience, but wrestled with it a lot. I don’t know if you guys do….
Here’s some interesting stuff….. a study about “if you like Uber, you are selfish enough to say “screw those employees don’t regulate those apps”. Basically, you will talk yourself out of recognizing how bad the companies are if you like the convenience. Selfish convenience instead of ethics. That can’t be good. Is it “turning you into a monster”. I would say, if you try to explain away the problems immediately…. check yourself, and think about it.
Then this little story… more local, just airbnb…… but they way they lobby over the heads of constituents is sorta scummy. politics, I know.
news/local/Illegal-Short-Term- Rentals-Can-be-Nightmare-for- Neighbors-380322791.html
It is just weird… I can feel my brain *convincing* me that airbnb or homeaway are delightful to get to know the real character or nature of a neighborhood in a foreign city, with some savings and ability to cook (so a bit more savings)….
But I remember in France, the way neighbors looked at us going up and down the creeky staircase at all hours. And in Iceland, we rented a summer home at the end of winter in a place where ZERO humans existed, and that was sorta creepy and dangerous, to some extent.
I definitely know what airbnb do to the local hood (not great), and how a significant portion of Tiburon’s housing inventory was constantly empty (going on market since the rental ban, actually, which is thrilling to see), save for being sold out city wide on a big weekend, potentially hurting local biz and restaurants that need constant traffic…. not business on already peak weekends that can’t be supported.
So I wonder if any of you struggle with this stuff, or think about it at this level? Or is it just “that’s so cheap!” “this is great for me”, without thinking about the other people it impacts and affects?
It just seems simple…. if it’s zone residential, making a mini-hotel seems not only not right, but it seems selfish, entitled, and just wrong. It seems so simple to me. I was wondering how so many people could explain away simple facts like that…. and then the Pew survey came along, and it makes perfect sense.
If you like and use Uber and AirBnB, you will delude and lie to yourself about what sort of companies they are, because you are an entitled consumer that values personal conveniences over being an ethical, compassionate person.
Just as simple as it seems to evaluate commercial vs residentially zoned areas, the pew survey simply calls out our entitled elitism that is core to our evolutionary existence.
It will be interesting if enough people consider themselves humanists to rise above their own mental subterfuge. It’s plenty hard for me.
Anyone else care at all?