Originally published at https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2019/04/new-orleans-airbnb/. Reposted with permission.
Along Governor Nicholls street in New Orleans there are cars from all across the country parked in front of renovated shotguns and Creole cottages. The plates bear the origins of the travelers: some hail from nearby Mississippi, Alabama, or Arkansas, while others have descended upon the Big Easy from farther-flung corners of the U.S.: Vermont, New York, Michigan.
New Orleans has long drawn visitors from across the country and the world. Now many of those tourists are spending their nights in Airbnbs.
In the half-mile stretch between Rampart Street and Claiborne Avenue, over a dozen of the houses on Governor Nicholls are rented out via the website, rendering the road more like a string of hotels than a cohesive community.