Micro-entrepreneurship meets a sharing economy with AirBnB’s newest concept in Portland, OR.
According to a post by Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of AirBnB, the company has launched a Shared City initiative to enrich “The City of Roses” above and beyond a rental marketplace.
It's time to venture beyond the community tent at the Mississippi Marketplace food-pod on your next visit to Portland. Concepts for the pilot project include:
- Working with Travel Portland on joint campaigns to highlight small businesses and diverse neighborhoods.
- Helping hosts donate the money they make to local causes and match those donations as a percentage of AirBnB’s fees.
- Making smoke and carbon monoxide detectors free for hosts to ensure safety.
- Cutting the red tape and collecting taxes to the city on behalf of hosts.
- Monitoring corporate property managers who abuse the AirBnB platform.
- Training programs to help hosts respond to crisis as part of a broader disaster relief and emergency plan.
We love how this vision helps to foster community in a way “where space isn’t wasted, but shared with others.” It’s an idea that we feel comes at a right time – when communities are seeing alternative resources to maintain history, preserve infrastructure, and expand urban innovation.