By Christin Evans, Merchant Liason, HANC Board
At our next meeting on Thursday, April 9th, beginning at 7 pm at the Park Branch Library (1833 Page), the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) kicks off the first in a multi-month series where we will learn about and discuss the so-called “sharing” economy. Our first program in the series will seek to introduce the new apps reshaping our neighborhood and city.
We will discuss how, building on the success of peer-to-peer sites such as Craigslist & EBay and of the online rentals venture Netflix, entrepreneurs identified “gold” in the intermediation between buyer and seller and lessor and lessee. And, why our neighborhood is ground zero for many of these emerging ventures beta-testing their products. Whether it be car sharing companies such as GetAround who have entered into an agreement to lease dedicated parking spots from the city, or short-term rental company AirBnB which has created an economic incentive to spur evictions, we are feeling their impact.