Cathy Wilcox-Barnes: Yes on Y; and here’s why |

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes: Yes on Y; and here’s why

The Nevada City Hosts, who are opposing Measure Y, have stated that Airbnb’s and short-term vacation rentals are a part of a new “sharing economy.” I don’t agree.

To me a sharing economy is me giving my neighbors cookies and loaning them my truck or weed-whacker. It is my neighbors helping me start my car when the battery dies or bringing in my paper and recycle can when I’m gone. We don’t charge anything; we do it because we are neighbors. We share. The Nevada City Hosts don’t share; they make money off the charm of Nevada City and the neighborhoods the rest of us have created over the years.

I may be old-fashioned, but I like knowing my neighbors. I like knowing who they are. I like knowing that we watch out for one another. I like welcoming new people to our neighborhoods who have bought a house and are excited to be new residents of Nevada City. I like sharing my hometown with enthusiastic new citizens. I just don’t like living next to a new set of strangers every week as my neighbor shares their house for $200 or more a night. Vote Yes on Y.

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes

Nevada City

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