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Sharing Economy Survey - Economic Growth, Safety Concerns


Last updated 6/4/2015 at 11:04am

Many communities across America are interested in the economic growth offered by ‘sharing economy’ companies like Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft. According to a National League of Cities survey, almost three-quarters of leaders of large and small municipalities want to see the ‘sharing economy’ grow. At the same time, nearly two-thirds expressed concerns about the safety of using websites that let people rent rooms, arrange rides and provide other services to strangers. Over half of the cities in the study impose no rules, unlike hotels and taxi companies, which are often regulated. Many cities are looking into whether or not to regulate and tax this ‘sharing’ sector. Sharing economy companies claim they fuel local economies by giving consumers options, such as bringing tourist money into neighborhoods off the beaten path.

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