I agree with David Alpert that this is a phenomenally stupid use of Washington Post journalistic resources. Essentially, Eric Weiss went around the suburbs asking folks to bitch about the District’s efforts to make the District a better place for people who live and pay taxes in the District. I especially enjoyed the fact that the story appeared on the same day as this piece about Tysons Corner’s efforts to erase some of its many, many acres of parking (“District drivers feeling shunned,” the headline could say).
The obvious point is that everyone in the region, and indeed the nation, is trying to do this. Maryland and Virginia are trying to make their urban places less car-friendly, for the very good reason that car-friendliness in dense, growing urban places has proven to be an abject failure. And the brighter folks in Maryland and Virginia have learned that their citizens seem to prefer living near transit, so that they don’t have to drive into the District.
The Post has taken a bizarrely backward view on this issue. Good cities are built to serve people, not cars. Sadly, our city’s paper of record is among the last to get it.