Post by High Priestess on Dec 18, 2015 18:05:20 GMT
Here's a newly published blog where I discuss Airbnb and the housing crisis - well mostly the housing crisis and its causes, and I try to indicate that Airbnb rentals have very little to do with the housing crisis:
Post by High Priestess on Apr 11, 2016 21:08:35 GMT
I haven't put it elsewhere --- is there anywhere I could put it that you would recommend? I wouldn't want to post the entire blog anywhere else -- I don't want to give control over my content to someone else -- but I could certainly post the link to it in other places. I have posted a link to it on New Hosts Forum and a couple other Airbnb groups, in the past. Maybe it's time to repost links again....
Post by Inanna (Shaun) on Apr 11, 2016 22:32:54 GMT
Oh, the huge orange blog. "The Great Orange Satan" they call it. Daily Kos. You can post your writings as dairies under a pseudonym. Each post you write is just that post. Some people link to their blogs or websites or to what they bullish on hug post or whatever, but mainly, it is just you post a "diary" a blog post really.
Post by Inanna (Shaun) on Apr 12, 2016 1:34:47 GMT
Oh my goodness. Again I apologize for the typos. Autocorrect is the bane of my online existence. What I meant to say was that some diarists publish on HuffPost. Anyway, Daily Kos has a huge liberal reader base, and I have read diaries on there by Airbnb hosts talking about how it has helped them financially. Then, they are attacked (in the comment section) by the affordable housing people for taking homes off the market and for putting hotel housekeepers out of work and all sorts. Your blog post just brings a lot of sense to the situation.
Post by Inanna (Shaun) on Apr 12, 2016 3:12:00 GMT
One can't delete others comments, just the whole diary entry. I don't blame you. While I blogged there for a long time because they have lots of cool subgroups, the level of yelling got too loud for me. It's basically a crowd sourced news and opinion site, lots of smart people, some really righteous grumpy ones.
In San Francisco, the debate over rent control is often more about emotion and ideology than study or impartial analysis. Most San Franciscans have a personal stake in rent control, one way or the other, and self-interest has its way of breeding ardor, spin, and outright hypocrisy.
The good and bad effects of rent control have now been studied nearly to death by a broad spectrum of public policy economists. The nearly universal verdict on rent control is that in its mild forms can be beneficial to some renters, but that more stringent forms -- such as the form that exists in San Francisco -- create shortages of housing and high rents that harm tenants, especially the poor ones whom rent control was designed to protect.
In a political backlash against the economic downside of rent control, most jurisdictions that have experimented with it have in turn outlawed it. In San Francisco, however, a significant majority of voters live in rent-controlled dwellings and have -- in their minds -- transformed what was originally intended to serve as a temporary price control into a sacred right.
Politically powerful tenant activists claim that the economic law of supply and demand does not apply to the housing market, at least not in San Francisco, because, they say, with precious little proof, "infinite" numbers of people are ready to move here, if housing is built. An alliance of tenant organizations and neighborhood groups is working to pass laws that would further limit the development of commercial and residential space, on the unusual theory that a lack of supply will somehow reduce demand.
Scientific studies, government reports, and dozens of interviews with experts and players on both sides of the housing question, however, show that San Francisco's housing shortage and the high residential rents it has created are the result of two major factors: political impediments to housing construction and rent control itself.
The scale of Airbnb activity is too small to be a significant driver of housing prices.
Airbnb’s booked entire home listings represent a tiny fraction (0.82%) of LA’s housing units. Frequently booked entire home listings (so-called full-time listings) represent 0.18% of LA’s housing stock (2,562 units in 2015 out of 1.45 million housing units in Los Angeles).