Airbnb and New York City certainly don't have a love affair with one another. Even though New York City is the $30-billion company's number one market in the U.S., local government in New York has never rolled out the welcome mat to the short-term rental platform and its peers.

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Is this all about money, power and control?

  • the possibility of getting some more
  • engage with the masses - get them to list on the platform (not difficult when you struggle to make ends meet)
  • then the slightly bigger player lists a few properties
  • then the Venture Capital investors get involved
  • then you get Airbnb or Aircar or Airjob type business

Who is controlling who/what/when/why here?

I wonder what would happen if the local council of the city/town/village had a referendum to see what the people say?

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