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  • As Cities Wrestle with the ‘Sharing Economy,’ A New Alliance

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    Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen (photo: @DMAliciaGlen)


    City governments across the world are trying to adjust to and standardize their approaches to companies in the so-called sharing economy. With rapidly advancing technology, major financial investment, creative entrepreneurship, and little regard for the status quo, sharing economy companies -- such as Uber and Airbnb -- often catch government regulators unprepared and disrupt entrenched interests, leading to conflict. Government leaders are forced into difficult decisions, needing to

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  • Don’t Let Airbnb Fool You

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    photo: Sofie Hecht/Gotham Gazette


    If you are to tell a lie, make it a big one and repeat it often, is a mantra of many an absolutist regime. Alas, that applies all too often to many businesses. Few epitomize that dictum better than the illegal hotel rental platform Airbnb.

    That certainly was the conclusion of a recent, well-researched editorial in the San Francisco Public Press, an independent non-profit focused on

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  • New Study is Latest Salvo in Airbnb Lobbying Fight as Governor Weighs Bill

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    photo: Sofie Hecht for Gotham Gazette


    As Governor Andrew Cuomo weighs whether to sign it, a high-stakes fight continues over legislation to regulate Airbnb, the popular home-sharing service. Before and since the state Legislature passed the bill this Spring, the related lobbying battle has touched on various socioeconomic factors including tech entrepreneurship, the sharing economy, affordable housing, organized labor, and more.

    Airbnb is now entering into the fray ...

  • Misguided Political Attack on Airbnb Can't Be Taken Lightly

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    photo: Brandon Muir


    New York should never have reached the point where Ashton Kutcher cares more about the economic future and personal freedom of New Yorkers than the state Legislature does.

    Yet, that’s exactly where we find ourselves as the actor is one of a number of tech investors who sent a letter urging Governor Cuomo to veto a bill that would crush temporary home-sharing service Airbnb.

    Lawmakers in Albany and New York City began an assault on Airbnb with a 2010 bill that placed arbitrary time limits on short-term

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