Op-Ed

So Miami is terrified of Airbnb, but Havana isn't?

By Tim Padgett

tpadgett@wlrnnews.org

Airbnb supporters show support for a speaker during a Miami city commission meeting in March.
Airbnb supporters show support for a speaker during a Miami city commission meeting in March. MIAMI HERALD

Its economy relies to an absurd extent on the low-wage tourism sector. Because it lacks higher-wage, tech-oriented jobs, its average citizens struggle to bridge the chasm between their incomes and their exorbitant living costs.

But so what? It’s a sunny town on a bay with muy caliente Latin flavor. The visitors and their money will keep coming and keep the place afloat. Besides, it’s got more important things to worry about – like a mortal political enemy 90 miles away.

Am I describing Miami? Yep. But I’m also describing Havana, Cuba.

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