Another part of the short term rental discussion
A Marais realtor who has been specializing for over a decade in the sale of properties primarily in the Marais to be let out for short term rentals now feels the pinch when her Marais neighborhood is lost and becomes tourist central. Her complaints are important because they register perfectly what Paris residents and the city have tried to point out . . . the loss of neighborhood businesses because of the loss of neighbors. Ironic that she should now be suffering. The below is from her blog today and is quoted directly.
" In the last few years, the merchants such as the hardware store or hair salon that really serviced the residents have bit the dust while the frivolous that cater to tourists have flourished, and surprisingly, most of them are focused on selling sugar. Just how many pastry, cookie, cake, cupcake, macaron, chocolate, ice cream vendors etc., etc., etc., do we need in place of the butchers, the bakers and the candlestick makers?
The answer is NONE. That doesn't seem to stop them from proliferating and I really don't get why"