Lecturer Sue Englander Protests Against Airbnb in San Francisco

Thursday, June 25, 2015
SF WEEKLY -- According to a 2014 report presented to the Board of Supervisors, Airbnb alone has kept between 925 and 1,960 units off the housing market. In the Mission, 29 percent of potential rentals were listed on the home-sharing website. “Folksy expressions like ‘welcome wagon’ give a mom-and-pop feel to what is really corporate greed and a disregard for the broader community,” said Sue Englander, a professor at San Francisco State University, who passed out fliers declaring THE MISSION WANTS HOUSING, NOT HOTELS. Behind her, three young hype girls in Airbnb tank tops bounced serenely to muzak.