This is just a staggering story in The Washington Post. The essence of it is that the mayor of Washington DC has made a couple of fairly minor policy shifts designed to make life better for people who live in Washington DC and pay taxes in Washington DC that have come at the expense of people who don't live in Washington DC and don't pay taxes in Washington DC but do commute to work here in cars.
To which I say: More please! Obviously, there's some point at which you've made things so terrible for suburban commuters that the downtown office market totally collapses and your city is screwed. But we're really, really far from that point. Mayors' priorities should be on creating livable neighborhoods for people, and on creating circumstances in which more people move into their cities. Putting a priority on making suburbanites' car commutes as short as possible is preposterous.
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