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Mayor Mitch Landrieu Discussed Short-Term Rentals at Community Budget Meeting

"Some people think that Airbnb actually creates affordable housing."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey held a community budget meeting Thursday night in Algiers, as part of a series of sessions the mayor is hosting to help craft the administration’s 2017 spending plan. At the meeting, the mayor discussed potholes, crime, and short-term rentals.

Here’s what he said on Airbnb and similar services, regulations for which will go before the City Planning Commission on Aug. 9.

Also leading up the planning commission discussion, rental services Airbnb and HomeAway have dispatched local lobbyists and PR staff to enter the New Orleans debate.