Airbnb doesn’t ruin cities, people do

At Urbanful.com, a former Time reporter makes many points about how AirBnB may be ruining city life. Some are better than others, but all of them would make the existing hotel industry (as well as local government tax collectors).

Nothing wrong with this, as the argument is worth raising, must most of the problems are created by people – not the company. It’s not AirBnB’s job to make sure people pay their taxes, are courteous to neighbors, or that property owners are good to their customers. And the problems on the margins can be regulated by noise and use ordinances demanded by community groups in negotiations with Airbnb renters.

People can ruin cities – in this case, people who try to regulate away the nuisances of living in them, while intending to reap the many other benefits.