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Detroit City Hall is playing dumb over the Airbnb fiasco, but it knew what it was doing

The blowback to Detroit’s decision to prohibit Airbnb hosts from renting out rooms in single- and multi-family homes was stiff — so much so that officials backtracked and said they wouldn’t enforce the new rules, which were approved by the Detroit City Council in November and went into effect on Feb. 6.

As part of that reversal, city officials released statements claiming that they didn’t know that the new rules would limit overnight rentals or otherwise impact Airbnb hosts.

But that’s contradicted by video evidence that shows city council members and city officials knew the rules would bar Airbnb hosts from renting rooms.…