Michael Isaac Stein covers New Orleans' cultural economy and local government for The Lens. Before joining the staff, he freelanced for The Lens as well as The Intercept, CityLab, The New Republic, and Pacific Standard. He was recently awarded a fellowship from the Heinrich Boll Foundation, which he used to report on water scarcity, division, and colonialism in Cyprus.
Economists who spoke to The Lens say a UNO economic impact study on short-term rentals appears to have been prepared to benefit the industry. When it comes to impact reports, that is not uncommon. UNO refused to provide the data behind the report or a larger report on tourism in New Orleans.By Michael Isaac Stein
Proposal would limit whole-home residential licenses to property owners who live on the same lot as the rental unit and require them to stay on-site. Spare room licenses would be available to others. Plan would also allow more rentals in the French Quarter.By Michael Isaac Stein
Trash clean-up plan includes at least 10 new cameras linked to the city's Real Time Crime Monitoring Center. The monitoring center collects footage from more than 300 cameras around the city, the Mayor's Office said.By Michael Isaac Stein