NEW ORLEANS -- Some residents feel short-term rentals are changing their communities and they want it to stop.I did read via a friend on the Parallel Internet that some Airbnb folk flashed a passing second line in Treme recently as though it were a Girls Gone Wild shoot or something and received a stern talking to from the neighbors over it. Not sure if that's the incident in question. Maybe I have to watch the video.. in which case... please just write what's in the story, WWL. (UPDATE: Okay I watched it. Yes, that's the incident they're talking about)
After an especially disrupting incident in Treme over the weekend, neighbors say they’ve had enough of AirBnB takeovers.
"I think it's sad,” full-time resident Josh Newton said. “People partying, not respecting the people who live here."
Josh Newton lives and works in Treme. While he acknowledges tourists are bringing money to a historically lower income neighborhood, he wishes visitors would make a bigger effort to respect the neighborhood.
"It's not that people have a problem with tourists coming here, it's people have a problem with tourists just taking what they want and beyond that not even showing basic respect to the people who live here and the people who produce the culture that brought these people here,” Newton said.
Full-time residents worry that thanks to short term rentals, soon there'll be no permanent residents living on the street.
Anyway there was also a protest at City Hall this morning. I noticed it involved props.
City Council members are depicted in helmets at short term rental demonstration pic.twitter.com/LNpovRUOVt— Kevin Litten (@kevinlitten) September 27, 2016
I think some of that artwork might come from one of these recent Krewe D'Etat floats but, again, I'm not positive.
From 2015, a gentrification themed float.
And from this year, there was a float specifically about Airbnb.
I don't see the councilmembers in my photos. But the style is similar. Does anybody know?
City Council is scheduled to take up short term rental regulations at its October 6th meeting.