Airbnb has been under fire all around the country, even its home base in San Francisco hates it. New York's taking legal action against it. Landlords and mortgage companies don't like them, either. But Portland mayor "Streetcar" Charlie thinks they're great - so much so that he's changed city ordinances to accommodate them. Things have got so cozy that the company's relocated its operational headquarters (whatever that means) to Portland's Old Town area. Supposedly, this will bring 160 jobs at $18 an hour, but then, we've heard that song and dance before from the likes of SoloPower.
Fortunately, Streetcar hasn't as yet - so far as we know - offered the company cash incentives, but then he doesn't need to, not when he can get the other Councilors to go along with changing city codes to benefit Airbnb. You almost have to wonder why he's working so hard on their behalf, especially since the Airbnb experience in other cities has been that it jacks up rental rates, drives people out of affordable housing, and in fact violates jurisdictional laws.
Oh, and if Airbnb "guests" happen to trash your place - or as has been reported in New York, turn it into a whorehouse - you're on the hook for it. And your insurance -if you have any; many renters don't - won't cover you, either.
Streetcar's embrace of Airbnb has also managed to torque off the developers and commercial landlords who financed his campaign. Why on earth would he suck up to something so potentially destructive on so many fronts? Oh, of course:
Hales has another close connection to Airbnb: His daughter, Katelyn, is dating the company’s chief mapmaker.