The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00216

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patricia scanlon
New York
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The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Crucial to consider: Air bnb is one of the MOST valuable resources a victim of family violence could hope to find. This forum is the ONLY means I know of to find safe, clean AFFORDABLE longterm housing in your own neighborhood--something EVERY community needs for its most vulnerable populations: women and children, single parents, the elderly, the older displaced workers. I also use my own home as a means of income during the summer months when my kids are out of school--we go camping and travel to cheaper places, renting out our place to travelers--without this option, I could not afford the property taxes to keep my three kids in our home and in the schools that drew me to buy a home in this area. Also, the air bnb is an amazing way to teach my kids homeownership, entreprenuership plus the benefits of travel and hosting others. Air bnb is a great way for people to be able to use their most expensive investment: their home to the fullest to maximize their prosperity and happiness. It creates friendships and community and exposes people to different cultures and the great value of travel and of hospitality-Hospitality is something that helps make our culture more empathic and for this reason alone, air bnb serves and entirely different purpose than does the "hospitality industry". Comparing air bnb to that industry is comparing totally different species--they do not serve the same needs and do not provide the same service AT ALL. Air bnb is a bed and breakfast network of SHARERS--not a business made to create profit and as such they should be looked at for their real characteristics and not as if they are competing with hotel chains--they are not. There are no hotels in the places where I use air bnb because these places are among neighborhoods where people live and work and die and play. People we have hosted have come to stay for a variety of reasons: to be under one roof with their grown siblings, to attend a lacrosse tournament at a local school, to attend a memorial service, to play beach volleyball, to have a bachelorette party,etc These people picked our house because we keep a friendly cat, have an amazing garden and we can fit a huge family all under our one roof. Hotels allow for none of these.