09 May '11, 7pm

D.C. will bribe people to shorten their commutes:

Call me a cynic (it's fine, I call myself one so we're all on the same page), but this seems all but completely useless to me. I do appreciate that the city is offering money to people who move closer to work--that's awfully nice of them--but who will actually make a change in order to take them up on this? Living in the city can be exponentially more expensive not just per square foot, but also in other living costs like taxes, vehicle registration (if you keep that car you won't be driving to work anymore), etc., and $12,000 is not nearly enough to make up for that. Besides that, how many employers will do this? What of much significance do they have to gain from employees moving closer to work, except perhaps a slightly more punctual staff? (And frankly, Metro is so unreliable that I wouldn't even call that a given) I can't imagine this actually causing anyone who wasn'...

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