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Re: “The Roots, Young Thug and more headed to New Orleans this spring

Two people cowardly enough to "dislike" without bothering to make their own point.

Posted by Dramarama on 04/30/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “The Roots, Young Thug and more headed to New Orleans this spring

What does this show actually have to do with Clarence, I'd like to know? If it's anything like the supposed memorial for him that took place earlier this year, it will feature a bunch of musicians performing "to honour Clarence" and not a single lick of a note of his own playing either on video or audio playback! Tickets are $93.50- 193.50. Uh huh. Where's all that money going? Are they using it to benefit musicians with diabetes? To found an institution or award in Clarence's name? To collect his recordings and videos and create a website memorial? As someone who was close to Clarence and just heard about this today, I have to say I am a bit skeptical of the purity of the motives here. I don't know anyone who had anything to do with organizing this event and nobody told any of us that lived with him. We had to hear about in on the Grapevine! It's crazy how fast the deceased can get appropriated by others. Clarence, who barely could get the Hot 8 to give him 25 bucks for playing his ass off, would surely be amused by the high-ticket price "in his honour". Pffffft.

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Posted by Dramarama on 03/25/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: ““I’m an Airbnb operator”

I've traveled a lot and usually not stayed in hotels. Before Air BnB there was a thing called making friends in different locations, sometimes looking up a friend of a friend, which could be very exciting and fun plus they weren't trying to make money off you. Sites like Couchsurfing retain this spirit, except you can make the friend online before you go to the location! Air BnB, on the other hand, distorts the very heart of "hosting" strangers. Supporters like yatforever (top of comments) protest that "And I don't see an argument as to how out of towners who want to experience your neighborhood, your house rather than a sterile hotel room is a bad thing." But that is not the issue at all! Personally I prefer staying in residential areas in homes when I travel too. But I hate how Air BnB is monetizing the experience - it's corrupting people. At least the author of this article admits to some of the unsettling aspects of regularly renting out space for short terms visitors, but her conclusion is quite selfish in the end: works for me, I'm making a ton! Meanwhile she fudges logic and reason with her claim that she's not displacing anyone because she wouldn't have "a" roommate if she couldn't do Air BnB. I wonder why that is? Clearly it's not because she hates living with people, after all, she's opened her home to hundreds. No I imagine it's because renting the room for a fair monthly price to someone who wants to live in New Orleans will not help her "aggressively pay down" her mortgage. Hundreds of visitors are not one roommate, not in terms of community impact and it's blind not to see that. But if lots of others follow her lead and pick the hundred$ of visitors over a roommate, and they are, then how does this not take rental housing off the market and distort prices while altering, some say ruining, local scenes?

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Posted by Dramarama on 07/07/2015 at 3:28 AM

Re: ““I stayed at New Orleans Airbnbs”

Hey Voodoojazz - I'm sorry you felt deceived by the journalist not telling you her true intentions but that is the nature of undercover journalism. Food critics also don't reveal themselves to restaurants for the same reason: they want to experience the real thing, not something crafted with them in mind. If you'd known a reporter was staying with you to write about Air BNB, you probably would have spruced things up for her and then the dishonesty would have been yours. There are debates about the ethics of undercover reporting and it's undeniably controversial in certain situations but in your case it seems justified to me because if the writer had revealed herself to you, she would not have had a genuine experience. Ironic, right? Besides, when you are in violation of a whole bunch of actual laws yourself, I think it's a bit rich to get all wounded about deception.

I was originally intrigued by the Air BNB idea and even considered doing it myself, but the more I looked into it, the more disturbed I became. I have had many happy memories of travel over the years when people I met invited me into their homes for the night or a few days. I have also been fortunate enough to stay with friends as well as friends of friends - for free - in Europe and the USA. Naturally, I express my gratitude for lodgings with gifts, dinners, cleaning, replenishing supplies. That is the true "sharing economy" and I fear it is being damaged by this rather mercenary trend of charging cold cash for visitors. If Magda in Poland or Kirsten in Amsterdam had been renting out their sofas and spare rooms to paying guests then they would probably not have invited me in.

Residential areas of major cities are being rocked by this phenomenon, and not in a good way. I've had friends basically forced to leave their rented apartments in trendy areas because of the nuisance caused by neighbours doing Air BNB and now that building owners realize that they can make way more off tourists than residents, many of them are knowingly violating all sorts of zoning regulations, not to mention common decency, by only taking the short term renters who will by definition be living a different lifestyle from the regular residents. The main problem is the explosive growth of the thing - if it was just a few people doing it, then OK but it's becoming rampant. There are 3 such places within 100 yards of where I now live. (I'm moving.) How does this not affect parking? How does this not affect the housing market? How can this not be a bad thing? There is a REASON why certain areas of towns are set aside for hotels, motels, hostels and others not.

To me, there is indeed a big difference between staying in a hotel and crashing in someone's empty bedroom with all their stuff around. Many differences. Yes, hotel rooms can be soulless and lacking in character, but they also have smoke alarms, clean sheets and towels, security, and a commitment to be up on building codes, free of pests, bedbugs, vermin etc. or face consequences.

I feel that many of the Air BNB hosts are trying to have it both ways: they insist that they are not hotels when it comes to paying taxes, getting licenses, observing zoning laws, or even keeping the place clean. But they wanna get paid like hotels!

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Posted by Dramarama on 07/07/2015 at 2:40 AM

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