Joe Stanley

Aug 25


The Great Comet (Kirch’s Comet) of 1860.


The Great Comet (Kirch’s Comet) of 1860.

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Cities Should Crack Down on Airbnb Hosts -


The apartment rental site Airbnb has agreed to provide the New York attorney general’s office with the names and other personal details of 124 of its hosts. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of Airbnb’s current business model in New York and other big cities, including Berlin, where I live.

Airbnb said most of the 124 being scrutinized are no longer listed on its site. The rest are “hosts with multiple listings,” according to Airbnb. It’s hard to know why they’ve been targeted, wrote Airbnb’s David Hantman on the company’s Public Policy Blog, “without knowing more about why the Attorney General is interested in these hosts specifically.”

That’s disingenuous: Airbnb knows full well why Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the information, particularly about those who have listed multiple properties for rent. In April, Schneiderman published an essay in the New York Times voicing suspicion that some Airbnb “hosts” are, in fact, “large, commercial enterprises with dozens of apartments — truly illegal hotels.” If so, said Schneiderman, they are violating New York’s 2010 law against short-term rentals in apartment buildings.


A huge proportion of Airbnb rentals are full-time short-term rentals. This is great for well-off people who want to buy up a new apartment as an investment (and pay off the mortgage using Airbnb income) but it’s terrible for everyone else. Among other reasons:

Basically, a ton of municipal land use regulation is set up to prevent your terrible neighbours from foisting the various impacts of their ridiculous schemes off on you. At this point, we have a pretty good idea of which of your neighbours’ ridiculous schemes are going to cause you the most trouble. And yeah, Airbnb is a pretty clear example of a scheme that has a ton of potential to hit you with a ton of downsides from your richer neighbours making themselves richer, so it pretty clearly deserves way more regulation.

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Aug 24


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Aug 23

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (via observando)


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Aug 22

A pastry shop/cafe has opened on the first floor of our building, and it is a problem