Recently Time Magazine included Grand Rapids in a list of cities they believed were “attacking” the sharing economy. The sharing economy, for those not in the know, is the increasingly popular practice of individual people renting out their “stuff” for cash. Before internet sites were developed to connect people who need particular items with people who have particular items, the average person either borrowed whatever he needed from friends or neighbors, went to a rental shop, bought it outright, or went without. But as websites connecting people proliferated, and the economy tanked, people found their willingness to rent out their spare bedroom for a weekend, their car for a trip to the airport, or an antique necklace for a wedding increased - as long as the rental fee was worth their while. Renters decided they were willing to take perhaps a bigger risk of renting from a stranger if the price was low enough.