I have used AIrbnb as a traveler both in this country and abroad, but I wouldn't stay in that so called 'camp'. I do agree there needs to be some regulation of temporary rentals, without outlawing them altogether. They do serve a need, or there wouldn't be such a demand.
I've traveled using airbnb, and had almost all positive experiences, especially for a month in Italy with friends, where we rented entire apartments. For a group of 4 this was better than having to rent either a hotel suite, or 2 or 3 rooms. I can understand the need for some regulation, but if they are made to comply with all the hotel rules, taxes, etc, it would just put them out of business, and lets face it, they bring a lot of people to town who might otherwise not come, so they do add to the local economy.
Also, this should not be confused with Couchsurfing, which involves hosting travelers, but no money is exchanged, so nothing illegal about it.
No disrespect to John Bel Edwards, the lone Democrat in the race, but it would be good to see a viable Democrat candidate. I don;t know what his chances of winning are, but he would be harder to tie to the Obama administration, since he hasn't served in Washington as his sister did.
I live near City Park, and the streetcar is defiantly not just to 'amuse tourists' , commuters use it every day. in addition to tourists who use it to get to attractions like Jazz Fest, or the museum in City Park.
Most major countries in Europe ban smoking in bars (and restaurants) and have for years now, including Ireland and Italy, and their businesses don't seem to have been hurt. This is not just a question of the health of customers, but also of employees or bands that play at these establishments. The smoking ban is long overdue.
I believe this is located at what used to be Kermit Ruffin's Speak Easy. I'll have to check it out!
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