An article published earlier this month on Gothamist.com concludes that the popular home rental site, Airbnb, does not promote and equal experience for all it's hosts and guests. According to the article, "Last year, Harvard researchers sent identical Airbnb requests to more than 6,000 Airbnb hosts in Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Washington. The guests with "African American" names got positive responses 42% of the time, while names that sounded more "white" were accepted 50% of the time. Tamika received fewer positive responses than Kristen, and Darnell received fewer positive responses than Brad". These findings come at a troublesome time for Airbnb, as cities across the globe are witnessing a legal showdown between the hotel industry and the informal rental site. Furthermore, Airbnb claims that some of their NYC listings have had positive economic impacts on some of the city's black communities (think Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights), while local politicians and advocates claim these listings have increased the pace of gentrification (think less affordable housing). Sounds quite subjective, and subjective issues are never easy to agree on. Read more here.