I know we all make income from Airbnb, but I’m sure many of us can see the downsides to it, particularly in cities where apartments are already scarce. Some people cry ‘it’s capitalism! Deal with it!’, if only tourists can afford to stay in the city from now on, then that means the workers will have to travel however many hours each day to work because ‘capitalism!’. Or you can do like San Francisco, and vote against Airbnb’s in the city.
Airbnb hasn’t made a great impression on San Francisco with failed campaigns that only solidified their reputation as a bunch of arrogant little so and so’s. It is true that it’s hard to know what Airbnb is thinking sometimes. Perhaps Those young people running the company need a little more life experience.
Obviously it wouldn’t help the rest of us if this happened elsewhere, so we should hope this vote isn’t a precedent for other cities to follow suit. It would help if Airbnb put some of all its billions into something that helped people (rather than telling others to!).
Why is it that we have yet to have received a questionnaire about our experiences using Airbnb, and ideas on what could be improved (anonymous of course)? I have been hosting for over 3 years, and my ideas and feelings feel like they don’t matter one bit. It is the reason I have been coming here to share. Wouldn’t you think that if Airbnb wanted to improve and keep its hosts, it would once in a while ask hosts how they are coping, and what is working for them and what is not working for them? I find it unbelievable.