“Most of the Airbnb folks don’t fit into the neighborhood that well,” said the Rev. H. Lionel Edmonds, pastor of Northwest D.C.’s Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, who is helping lead a grass-roots campaign in favor of tough regulations. “They don’t invest in the community. . . . It increases the gentrifying component.”
It seems to me that this is the very argument that has been used in many places to keep out non-white people, or refugees or immigrants -- that they don't fit into the neighborhood. That they wont' invest in the community but instead will isolate themselves and create ghettos of people of their own nationality or ethnicity. And actually, ironically, one of the arguments in favor of gentrification is that it finally brings in some people who care about the neighborhood and try to improve things -- remove blight, reduce crime -- whereas many of the longer-term residents of the area apparently are content with the blight and crime.