Post by High Priestess on Dec 13, 2018 13:41:46 GMT
This news pertains both to short term rentals, and to housing in general. As many are aware, the "housing crisis" which is effecting so many areas of the country, is often used to scapegoat Airbnb and short term rentals. Activists claim that Airbnb causes "units to be taken off the market", precious units, apparently, such that each individual one has to be protected from being able to be used as their owner sees fit.
But some people have the capacity to see the larger picture, and realize that the housing crisis and dearth of housing, or of affordable housing, has not been caused entirely by Airbnb.
ANd they realize that other things need to be addressed in order to fix this problem.
In Minneapolis, a bold new vision -- end single family zoning.
Portland and SEattle are also changing single family zoning to add multiunit buildings.
I'm not sure if that's a great solution for every city or every neighborhood, but the term itself --"single family" should be questioned and revealed for the discriminatory term that it is. Many cities have explicit statutes forbidding more than X number of unrelated adults living together -- eg, a bias in favor of "single families", or nuclear families, is codified in law.
My concern is more with this bias and its impact on a single household, than with limiting neighborhoods to single-unit residences. However, I think allowing duplexes and triplexes in traditionally single family home zones can also be helpful -