Letters: Short-term rentals can help blight
2018-12-13 | The New Orleans Advocate
Access to housing and quality of life impact so many residents throughout the country every day. From vacancy and abandonment, access to healthy food, and well maintained recreational opportunities, a city's investment in its neighborhoods is a key driver in the health and vitality of the community. I began my career in neighborhood revitalization in
While I am proud of the work our team accomplished in the dramatic reduction in blight - taking us from the most blighted city in America to no longer in the top 10 - and the residential and commercial redevelopment that has taken place across our city, there is still a tremendous amount of work and great opportunity we have ahead of us.
In recent weeks, local developers partnered with a commercial short-term rental operator to announce plans for revitalizing three blighted structures on
As city leaders grapple with how to continue to reduce blight in the city of
Redevelopment is complex, nuanced and always a challenge. Flexibility is critical when attempting to tackle blight and revitalize abandoned structures, and one-size-fits-all rules and arbitrary caps can hinder progress. By continuing to keep all tools in the toolbox we can work to tackle commercial blight in even more creative and effective ways, and leave a legacy to be proud of for future generations.