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Testing the chat...and glad to see this out there.

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Thanks for filling in the who and and why part of the equation. I think most of us know ‘what’ is going on, a proliferation of straight to airbnb construction, but not ‘who’ or ‘why’. It is my understanding, from someone who lives down the street from the 2 story monstrosity on Sullivan, that the builder insisted from day 1 that they were building a single family residence. The neighbor knew better, but what are you going to do? Regardless of outcome, once these 2 story buildings are constructed, there’s no going back. The views of the park the neighbors have enjoyed for decades are gone, and at least two one story homes are now literally in the shadow of this thing.

I have said all along, bnb/strs that are clearly owned and managed by commercial enterprises ought to be held to the same standards as any hotel or resort. That means treating your workers as employees under state and federal labor laws, and being held to the same OSHA and health and safety regulations that every other hospitality business is held to. I suspect that many of these investors would move on, once they saw upwards of 50% of their incomes going to wages and fees and improving the lives of local residents.

One has to wonder why none of our elected representatives aren’t pushing through legislation to regulate this new industry? It isn’t just a Basin-wide issue, it is statewide and nationwide.

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which elected officials and/or unelected bureaucrats gave this organization the permit(s) to do this? Post their names and phone numbers. Be vigilant, fellow High Desert peers, you don’t want to become like the Low Desert with a proliferation of noisy, cluttering stvr(s) that destroy your neighborhoods’ desert ambiance. Seriously.

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This may be a good time to mention young Joe Gebbia’s first idea, circa our undergrad years @RISD: CRITBUNS! Now I don’t see a huge difference between them, except that critbuns flopped and ruined far less livelihoods and cities, but decide for yourself: http://www.critbuns.com/

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