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Virginia Martin inside Area West of Rocky Ridge November 4, 2017, 11:29 AM
Hello - I just was perusing the comments for the first time today, so I just read the comment on plastic recycling from August 2017. A few years ago Advanced (now Republic Services, I believe) sent out a flyer celebrating Earth Day saying that they were now accepting plastics 1- 7 - and I don't recall them changing this policy. Also, there is a website www.plasticfilmrecycling.org from which you can get a list of the stores in our area that accept plastic bags.
Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge November 1, 2017, 11:40 AM
Is there an update on the repaving of Jacobs Road and Massey Road? The 3-Year Street Paving map of 2016 shows both to be repaved. The last comment on this website indicated that ALDOT would let bids this fall to repave Massey. What is the status of the Massey project and when will the repaving of Jacobs Road take place? Both are in horrible condition.
Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge November 1, 2017, 8:37 AM
Yes to AirBnB in Vestavia Hills. What's the big deal in letting your neighbors make a little money on the side from an extra room in their house? Plenty of people could use that side income -- to help cover the mortgage, college costs, or extra money for a vacation. We should be supportive of folks thinking of creative ways of making money with resources they already have, using legal means. I say live and let live.
What's next -- banning craigslist/facebook marketplace, garage/yard sales, Uber/Lyft, lemonade stands, neighborhood child who wants to mow your lawn?
For those concerned about safety, I imagine only certain clientele will be interested in short term rentals in Vestavia Hills -- mostly executives and families.
I'm okay with a low level of regulation so City Hall can keep track of AirBnB and VRBO activities. A small registration fee and signing some type of statement affirming the proprietor will follow certain city rules geared towards safety. Also, folks should pay taxes on their earnings (which AirBnB may be able to collect on Vestavia Hills behalf, as it has done for other cities).
Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge October 30, 2017, 4:54 PM
please do NOT allow Airbnb in Vestavia. It will cause strangers to be in our neighborhoods, additional traffic in neighborhoods, and will encourage more people to rent their home instead of living in their home full time. Homes tend to get run-down if they are only a rental.
615 Longwood Place
Patrick Dewees inside Cahaba Heights October 29, 2017, 6:38 PM
I fully support AirBnB. It should be allowed in Vestavia Hills. People who enter short term (under 30 days) leases are not any worse than the people who live on land they rent longer-term or own. Let the people who cannot do such rentals in Mountain Brook and Homewood come here. The only valid concern I can think of is if an unreasonable number of people rented a home and they all had cars and parked them on the street thereby clogging it. That would also be an issue for long term rentals.
Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge October 29, 2017, 5:35 PM
I am totally against this proposal! Vestavia Hills resident for 24 years.
Erika Targett inside Area West of Rocky Ridge October 27, 2017, 12:39 AM
Airbnb should absolutely be allowed! I wonder if the people so against it have ever even used it. I travel the world and it's the only lodging I use. Some in the community may think it invites the "wrong people", however their prices are indicative of the neighborhood so this is not a bargain option. And it invites new consumers to our local businesses. I've been looking for a place for my family from Peru and was disheartened to learn there were no options near my Vestavia home. Airbnb is similar to Uber and we need to get on board with the times!
Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge October 26, 2017, 11:41 PM
No to Airbnb. Can’t think of anything worse for the safety of our neighborhoods or our property values. NO! NO! NO!
Name not shown inside Area East of Rocky Ridge/Altadena Area October 26, 2017, 6:19 PM
I fully support allowing Airbnb to operat within the city. This offers a great opportunity for residents looking to make money as well as increase foot traffic and revenue in the city. Airbnb does have regulations in their contract with hosts about paying taxes, however charging the lodging tax would be beneficial as well. If this goes through, I recommend not being over bearing with regulations as the city of Tuscaloosa has done. Do set some common sense rules if needed, but mostly be laissez faire.
Cathy DeLozier inside Area West of Rocky Ridge October 26, 2017, 9:32 AM
I think we should let AirBnB be allowed in Vestavia Hills. Our residents are savvy enough to participate & vet people coming into their homes. It’s the wave of now & the future; I know some millennials who only book through AirBnB when they travel & the ones I know are exactly the type of people I’d want staying in my home. Vestavia doesn’t have any nice hotels/motels. Why should we send people to other cities? I don’t think fear of the unknown - strangers, all manner of imagined bad scenarios, etc. - should be the focus or deciding factor. If people don’t want to participate, they don’t have to, but don’t prevent their neighbors from participating if they want to. Birmingham initially resisted Uber also, but this is no different. It’s coming one way or the other- do we want to be left out or play catch up?