News & Politics
A recent article in Brooklyn Deep ran an exclusive on a study by Inside Airbnb, an Airbnb activist project that has been largely critical of the Airbnb enterprise. The study concludes that Airbnb acts as a racial gentrification tool in New York City’s predominantly Black neighborhoods.
“Across all 72 predominantly Black New York City neighborhoods, Airbnb hosts are 5 times more likely to be white” writes Murray Cox, the author of the report, and the founder of the Inside Airbnb project. Also, White hosts in Black neighborhoods earned $159.7 million, the report estimates, while only $48.3 million went to Black hosts.”
Critics of Airbnb have claimed that their hosts are taking rentable apartments and rooms off the rental market and impacting affordable housing.
On the other hand, hosts and Airbnb representatives themselves contend that Airbnb helps New Yorkers make ends meet. Furthermore, they argue, it serves as anchor for a growing neighborhood based tourist economy that helps lift the entire neighborhood. What could be wrong?
Segment One: Who? What? Where? Why Airbnb?
The Third Rail crew explores how Airbnb is being used in Central Brooklyn.
Segment Two: Mark and Veralyn ask the question...
Is Airbnb a good or bad thing?
Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"
An unexpected plot twist, dating in 2017, and being policed in Brooklyn.
Intro and Outro theme Music:
“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.
Episode Music:Instrumental clips from "Divider" and "It's Always Too Late to Start Over" by Chris Zabriskie
Third Rail Eps 56: Tenant Matters
Third Rail Eps 55: A Plant Grows in Brooklyn
Third Rail Eps 54: Black Brooklyn Oscars
Third Rail Eps. 53 Central Brooklyn Food: Unifier or Gentrifier?
Third Rail Eps 52: Is there a Black-Asian Future?
Third Rail Eps 51: Racing Stripes
Third Rail Eps 50: What's The 911?
Third Rail Eps 49: Brooklyn's Own: Youth Activism & Anti- Gun Violence
Third Rail Eps 48: Wakanda Forever: What Black Panther Promises Brooklyn & Black Cinema
Third Rail Eps 47: The Book of Veralyn
Third Rail Eps 46.5: Weeksville Heritage Center: One on One
Third Rail Eps 46: Weeksville: The Past as Destiny
Third Rail Eps 45: Nothin’ But a G Thing
Third Rail Eps 44: Summer Black
Third Rail Eps 43.5: Blewish Part Two: The easy myths and hard truths of Black-Jewish relations.
Third Rail Eps 43: Blewish: The easy myths and hard truths of Black-Jewish relations.
Third Rail Eps 41: Human Trafficking: Are Black Girls Safe in Brooklyn?
Third Rail Eps 40: Toward a Black and Muslim Future
Third Rail Eps 39: By Any Means Necessary?
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