Posted by Tom Vander­bilt on Jul 24, 2017

I thought of a line I had seen on the [Airbnb] site: "Live like a local."  But what happens when locals can't afford to live like locals?

Outside Magazine Contributing Editor, Tom Vanderbelt, examines how short-term leasing is changing the lives of mountain towns' residents.  He comments that living the dream has never been easy in the West's most beloved adventure hamlets, where homes are a fortune and good jobs are few.  The rise of online short-term rentals may be the tipping point that causes idyllic outposts like Crested Butte, Colorado, to lose their middle-class altogether — and with it, their soul.

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