NEW ORLEANS — The long-running battle over how best to regulate short-term rentals in New Orleans rages on at City Hall.

That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

New Orleans is a city of neighborhoods. That makes us unusual, if not unique, among American cities. Our neighborhoods gave birth to our music, our food, our architecture, our culture.

That’s why so many visitors come here, year after year. That’s also why city leaders must make sure the rules governing short-term rentals, or STRs, protect our neighborhoods, even if it means putting tighter restrictions on STRs.

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Almost everyone agrees STRs in residential neighborhoods should be tied to homestead exemptions. Beyond that, disagreements abound, such as whether to ban STRs in the French Quarter and other neighborhoods.

Ultimately, the City Council must make the tough decisions. Hopefully, councilmembers will remember that our neighborhoods are what make us all New Orleanians.

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