NEW YORK CITY — “Have him call Peter when he gets here and we’ll show him the data.”

With that message emailed to my editor, I was cast out on the rainy streets of New York in search of Airbnb’s long-awaited treasure trove of data shedding light on the usage habits, financial impact and maybe, just maybe, the legality of its thousands of apartment listings throughout the five boroughs

Airbnb agreed to release The Data, as it will henceforth be known, on Tuesday after a pledge last month to work “collaboratively” rather than combatively with cities (forget about that whole “army” thing) by paying its fair share of taxes and disclosing more information about its customers to help policymakers Read more…

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