Letter: Crowd out short-term rentals

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Gentrification is caused by unit density limits, not short-term rentals, which are an idiotic scapegoat.

STRs should be crowded out of existence by affordable housing density, not regulated like a bureaucratic scapegoat. The North Asheville liberal elite zoners are barking you up the wrong tree again, so crowd them out, too.

— Alan Ditmore


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3 thoughts on “Letter: Crowd out short-term rentals

  1. Shultz!

    This reads more like a click-bait troll than an actual letter to the editor – no explanation, reasoning or logical argument given for the stated hypotheses – just statements of ‘fact’ followed by some name-calling negativity. Might as well have said that “Gentrification is caused by gnomes, not short-term rentals…” and that “STRs should be crowded out of existence by pandas…” Sheesh.

    • NFB

      Par for the course, given the source.

      I mean this is someone who has stated here on the MX boards that pikcing up litter means your rents will get raised and who has said that Japanese capsule hotels are a solution to the housing crisis.

  2. Enlightened Enigma

    and apparantly, it is true that many locals do think that picking up litter , or not trashing the landscape , does raise rents…just remember that regional IQ that is pervasive…ignorance is bliss and the rest of us suffer the consequences…now go throw some trash out along your street and make it acceptable!

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