Lawmakers and community groups call for federal action against Airbnb and HomeAway

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, lawmakers and community groups are asking the U.S. government to investigate how many Airbnb and HomeAway rentals are operating like hotels. They say it’s difficult to implement effective policy without concrete data on the impact these services have on cities. Click here to read the rest of this article.

City leaders ask FTC to ‘take action’ on Airbnb

A group of 25 elected officials and 17 community groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to collect data on Airbnb listings and the revenue the listings generate. The rationale is that the data could help shape a policy to regulate short-term rentals, as city leaders say housing costs are rising amid housing shortages. The letter adds on to a similar call from Senators Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein and Brian Schatz in July. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Clean Power Plan for All

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) provides the first ever national protections against dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. The CPP presents a historic opportunity to not only accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy, but also to improve the health, environment, and local economies of communities overburdened by air pollution and the effects of climate change.

Uber, Bike-Share & More Are Factors in Tomorrow's Transit Agency

St. Petersburg, Florida — a city of about 257,000 residents sitting on the Gulf Coast next to Tampa — people have just a few options for getting around town. They can, of course, drive personal cars, walk or bike; catch a bus operated by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA); or hire taxis and Ubers. From February to August this year, the last mode choice on that list was likely the cheapest, most efficient option for accessing the bus. Click here to read the rest of this article.

Welcome to Uberville

My first morning in Altamonte Springs, Florida, I was faced with a dilemma: how to travel the two miles from my hotel to city hall without a car. Walking would take nearly an hour in the sweltering June heat. Taking a bus would entail waiting up to a half hour at a stop with little shelter from the forecasted thunderstorms, followed by a looping detour to the local mall. The trip could potentially take longer than walking. Click here to read the rest of this article.

Potholes in Plans to Rebuild America

In recent weeks, both presidential candidates have unveiled plans to repair and improve the country’s bridges, roads, internet and water systems. Democratic nominee Clinton says she will allocate $275 billion to the cause, including the creation of a national infrastructure bank designed to spur private investment, in what she has called the “biggest job creation program since World War II.” Click here to read the rest of this article.

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