The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We share our home on AirBnB and find it essential for keeping our home and paying our mortgage. We believe that sites like AirBnB create a security net that allows us to share our home with greater confidence. Before there were big box hotels people home shared all over America. Our community's economy collapsed in the early 1980's when large corporate hotels leveraged business away from small boarding houses along our scenic Catskills. Dollars were drained from our region and our natural resources helped big business not our schools, businesses and farms. Corporate profits were directed out of our community, stores and restaurants closed, farms and recreational facilities failed. We source our food from Story Farms just a mile and a half from our house. We source our hardware and building supplies in county from small lumber and hardware stores like William's Lumber. We spend our money at local restaurants (we send our guests to these restaurants too!), local attractions and theater, local recreational facilities like Hunter Mountain. My neighbors and I rely on this wonderful new technology driven sharing economy. We urge you to keep our budding economic recovery growing and hope that you will empower us to rebuild the life we once had in the Catskills.