The video attached to this post explains what the sharing economy is all about, allowing people to use idle resources to increase their income and standard of living, worthy objectives right?
As applied to NYC it means renting out spare rooms though airbnb, sharing cars through relayride and sidecar and offering to babysit a dog through DogVacay. There’s lots of other ways too but these are the sharing activities with the biggest number of participants and grateful users so far.
Except all this sharing is really, really hard to do in New York City.
If you want to share your car you have to pay $1m for a taxi licence, yeh right.
And New York State is trying hard to stop airbnb renters in New York because they are in competition with hotels who have to pay big taxes, so airbnb is unfair to hotels??
Instead of enabling New York families and singles to profit from their unused resources both New York State and NYC City Council make it hard. This makes no sense. The sharing economy is a great way to stimulate the whole economy by growing it. LIKE New Yorkers being able to prosper.