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GR City Considers Outlawing Use of "Couch Surfing" Websites

GR City Considers Outlawing Use of

Grand Rapids city government considers outlawing the use of websites for finding a room for a night.  One popular site is AirBnB.com. 

The city commission now has a task force looking at the idea of trying to shut down what amounts to an unregulated bed-and-breakfast industry.

Howeveer, WOOD TV finds the city runninginto opposition from people like Jenny Leskom who says that people using AirBnB want to check out Grand Rapids with its new fame for ArtPrize, craft beers and other touristy attractions.  

On the other hand, on Heritage Hill,  Elizabeth Bols worries about the loss of a "neighborhood" feeling if investors buy homes, just to set them up as flop-houses.

 

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