Local Communities & Airbnb
Why don’t local government or local communities set up Airbnb locations, whose generated income gets pumped back into the immediate area?
I do not intend or foresee this being a solution to any housing crises, but more of a conflict resolution where local areas end up utilizing certain new developments in society to enhance their areas without feeling disconnected and without control.
- Results in alternative income for the neighborhood outside of direct local government initiatives.
- Local communities vote on how to allocate this money back into the area, and can then build better public amenities and fund local initiatives like: food gardens, co-ops, local artist grants, co-working spaces, etc.
- Money doesn’t leave the community as it currently does when individuals run Airbnbs.
- Incentive to keep local water, air, attractions, infrastructure in good order.
- Large initial upfront cost for the local government or community to purchase property and set up a non-profit organization, but this could be subsidized at the local or state level.
- Ownership - Co-Op might work, or even tying it to the community boards, so as to not add extra levels of bureaucracy.
- Alternative HOA solutions might will need to be discussed.
- Transparency will be critical here so that the community can see the ins and outs, as well as where the money is going to be re-invested.
- Handling of budgets. NYC participatory budget process allows for email updates about this process which seems pretty transparent. https://council.nyc.gov/pb/
The Airbnbs could be designed/decorated by local talent, as well as showcase local artist’s work inside the units which can all be purchased.
Craft experiences that immerse the visitor in the local community.