Portland – a Vision of what a Shared City Could Be
A city that is shared..
What do you think of this idea? Does it sound radical? Well it’s not. Cities are the original sharing platforms. Formed from ancient crossroads of trade that grew through the sharing of resources. And now, Airbnb wants to bring this idea back and help build a future where space isn’t wasted, but shared with others.
What is Airbnb?
One of my favorite brands out there. I’ve used the site while traveling to D.C., San Diego, Austin and Galveston. Airbnb is a website that allows people to rent out their private rooms, entire apartments/homes, boats, and other propertieis. Airbnb has listings all over the word and every property has a host whose profile includes recommendations by other users, reviews by previous guests, as well as a response rating and private messaging system. Hotel too expensive or want a different experience? Check out Airbnb.
Back to the ides of a Shared City….. Airbnb has launched a new initiative to help civic leaders and communities create more shareable, more livable cities through partnerships and concrete actions. The first of these cities is Portland, Oregon. Working with Mayor Hales and his staff, Airbnb has created a vision of what a Shared City could be by:
– Airbnb has made free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available to hosts in Portland in order to help their hosts make their homes safer
– Airbnb is offering to cut red tape and to collect and remit taxes to the city of Portland on behalf of their hosts
– In addition to Airbnb’s disaster relief program offering free housing in cases of emergency (pretty cool huh), they will work with Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management to establish training programs to help their hosts respond to crisis
– Airbnb will work with Travel Portland on joint campaigns to promote the city as a destination to their global community, highlighting its unique characteristics; and sending visitors to local small businesses throughout the city
– They will make it easy for Portland hosts to donate the money they earn from Airbnb to a local cause, and will match those donations as a percentage of their fees
Interested in having your community become a Shared City? Email your thoughts and ideas to Brian Chesky at Brian.firstname.lastname@example.org
For a list of other shared goods and service companies like TaskRabbit and Uber, click here.