A reader writes:
I live in San Jose and our traffic, although not as bad as Los Angeles, has always been bad. Lately I've noticed that the commute has gotten a lot easier. I was initially happy about that until I realized that the reason that the drive has gotten easier is because there are fewer cars on the road. With an unemployment rate approaching 10%, that's the difference between traffic jams and smooth transits. So now, whenever I get to work on time without having to sit through stop and go traffic, I find myself reflecting on the grim nature of this particular silver lining.