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  1. It seems obvious that this is getting rushed on behalf of the Margarita. I am not an expert so I can’t say if this is a good thing or a bad thing for them, but the timing is pretty clear.

    But I’m very curious/concerned about the bad unforeseen consequences of this outside of the Margarita. This city has fought so hard against Air B&Bs, shared student houses, etc. so there must be a reason for that, right?

    What would this shared housing ordinance allow people to get away with? Unlimited Air B&Bs with no restrictions? A brothel? An exploitative TikTok teen talent farm like they have in China? Student frats and sororities all over town? (I don’t think any of those would actually happen here, I’m exaggerating.)

    From a city who has fought against so many kinds of shared housing in the past, this seems weirdly reckless. I’d like to hear more from an experienced person, like the author of this article.

  2. Thank you for sharing your expertise, Mr. Lauber. The City needs to have enforceable and thoroughly researched rules and protections in place for every person living here.

    Any Council members with a conflict of interest should remove themselves from discussions and voting.

  3. Thank you, Mr. Lauber, for being a voice of reason and sanity in this whole licensing farrago. Sadly, many in our city government have let their emotions override – especially concerning the Margarita Inn issues – the impartial due diligence that should be de rigueur in this whole complicated and lengthy process…

    Any “shortcuts” in this process can only lead to eventual chaos down the road – and this “chaos” will affect of *all* us citizens…

    Gregory Morrow – Evanston 4th Ward resident