On April 1, 2021, David Wachsmuth joined Stuart Schrader for a discussion of new research on the relationship between the emergence of short-term rentals in U.S., gentrification, and affordable housing.

Over the last ten years, the emergence of short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb has introduced a major new revenue flow into urban housing markets, and is increasingly being blamed for spiraling housing instability and unaffordability. Who are the winners and losers from the growth of STRs, and why are communities fighting back? How are STRs implicated in gentrification and other forms of racialized neighborhood change, in Baltimore and other American cities? How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the story?

David Wachsmuth, Associate Professor of Urban Planning at McGill, will discuss new research on short-term rentals with Stuart Schrader, Lecturer in Sociology and Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship at Johns Hopkins.

David Wachsmuth is the Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance at McGill University, where he is also an Associate Professor in the School of Urban Planning. He directs UPGo, the Urban Politics and Governance research group at McGill, where he leads a team of researchers investigating pressing urban governance problems related to economic development, environmental sustainability, and housing markets.

This event was co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins’ 21st Century Cities Initiative and the Johns Hopkins’ Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship.

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