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In San Francisco, a battle over the 'hotelization' of neighborhoods
In San Francisco, a battle over the 'hotelization' of neighborhoods

It's hard to find people here who are neutral about Airbnb, the explosively successful tech firm that has disrupted more than just the hotel business. Judith Davis, 71, loves the short-term rental platform. A quintessential San Franciscan, Davis was married to the man who discovered Janis Joplin. She owns a memorabilia-filled Queen Anne Victorian in Noe Valley. She says she cannot make ends meet, let alone keep up with home repairs, on her $965 monthly Social Security check. For five years, she has rented out the lower level of her home on Airbnb for $125 a night, earning a whole lot more than when she had a full-time tenant. If the city enacts a proposed limit on the number of...

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